Everyone is wrong about Fianna Fáil.
For the last few months everyone has been shouting about them being in bed with the builders and the bankers. I think we have being doing them an injustice. I don’t think they give a shit about the builders or the bankers.
There is only one thing Fianna Fáil care about and that is the impression they make in Brussels.
For some reason, best know to themselves, they are obsessed with making a good impression in Europe. We should have seen it. Just look at the evidence.
We had the electronic voting fiasco, where millions were spent on a system that was flawed from the start. No one asked for it, but they went off and spent 51 million Euro on it anyway. When objections were raised, Bertie’s response was that we had to have it or ‘Europe would laugh at us’.
Then there was the smoking ban. Again, no one asked for it except maybe for a few lunatics like ASH, but Michael Martin positively glowed when the headlines came out that ‘we were the first in Europe’. This was their one success in their attempt to cosy up to their perceived masters.
Now there is the Metro. Again, a very small minority would benefit from it, but the government are worried that we are the only country without one and we don’t want to be seen to be backward, now do we? So billions are being spent just to ‘bring us into line with Europe’.
When the Lisbon Treaty failed, any government worth a cat’s piss would have stated that it was the will of the people, and that it was democracy in action. Not our government though. To them, Europe was more important than the will of the people so Biffo went into paroxysms of frenzy trying to persuade Europe that it was all a big mistake, and that we would vote again and get it right. You notice that the biggest argument they put forward was that we had gained so much from Europe and that therefore it would be anti-European to reject the treaty?
The financial crisis was not brought about because the government were looking after their pals. No. It came about because the government saw the banks and the builders as a means to an end. There were reports that Ireland was ‘the fastest growing economy in Europe’ and the government had orgasms over this. They wanted everyone to be talking about us and admiring us, so they looked the other way when our finances were obviously on a path to ruin.
There seems to be an obsession that Europe should admire us. Why? All this arse licking isn’t going to gain admiration but it is going to lose us any respect. Europe is the big bully in the playground and we are desperately licking the bully’s are in the hope that he will play with us. We all know that the only way to gain a bully’s respect is to stand up to him.
If Ireland had any dignity or pride, we would tell Europe to go fuck off. We should tell them that we are a proud independent nation and that if we want to vote with pencils, or walk to Swords then that is the way we are. We can still hang around their playground so long as they don’t expect any more brown nosing.
I guarantee Europe would respect us then.