As the international media became moist with excitement about the Osama Bin Laden story yesterday, the world continued to turn and events closer to home possessing a far greater impact on millions of people continued to develop.
For while Osama Bin Laden went down fighting, AK-47 blazing away in his hand as he hid behind his wife, Ireland’s Minister of State for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton, was busy confirming that country’s timid capitulation to the EU and running up a fresh, crisp white flag as she announced a special Europe Day would be held in the Dail.
Incredibly this is despite the Irish economy being slowly torn to shreds from the inside by the EU and IMF’s repayment terms and austerity conditions for the Irish bailout. Writing in the Daily Mail’s Irish edition (reproduced in the UK) Mary Ellen Synon observed how the Europhiles in Dublin’s new government plan to hold a day that:
will begin a journey towards greater co-operation between the Government, the Oireachtas and the European institutions and will mark Ireland’s arrival back in the centre of European political and cultural life.
I wasn’t aware Ireland had ever departed given its slavish adherence to all things EU. Synon goes on to add:
How bizarre is that? As the EU institutions dismember the independence of this State, Fine Gael’s Junior Cheerleader for Europe is planning an appreciation day for the occupying forces. I’m not sure to whom she thinks she is sucking up, but from what I can see in Brussels, nobody has noticed yet that Miss Creighton is making ‘a statement of intent’ to ‘re-launch Ireland’s involvement and active participation in Europe.’
Nail, hit, head. Synon’s piece is a must read. While the Irish people voted for change in their recent general election they got what we get here in Britain, more of the same. The faces and voices are different, but the hymn sheet is unchanged and the obeisance to Brussels remains.
The political class may be made up of various political parties but their direction of travel is uniform. If you are part of a political group that seeks to restore independence then you’ve no chance. The wagons are duly circled and all the Europhiles direct their most bitter attacks and smears at you.
In Ireland as in Britain, the political class is made up of interchangeable clones who put their career interests and the wishes of Brussels before the interests and wishes of the people who elect them to be representatives.
Perhaps now those many Irish people who voted for Fine Gael because of the empty promise to renegotiate the vast loans that the European Central Bank has forced Ireland to accept, will come to understand that no matter who they vote for while they remain part of the EU, they are stuck with their true rulers in Brussels. Only be extracting themselves from the EU will the Irish people enjoy self determination and genuine democracy. That is something far bigger and far more important for people than the execution of an Islamist homocidal maniac in Pakistan.