Monday, 21 July 2008

Time to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Irish

Pity the Irish as the suffocating sludge of the European superstate descends on the Emerald Isle today; Msr. Sarkozy is coming to tell them they must vote again on the Lisbon Constitution Treaty and this time they must get it right. Irish fishermen entitled to only 15% of the available whitefish quotas around Ireland may feel aggrieved that French fishermen are entitled to 42% of Irish whitefish, but of course they're not Irish whitefish any more but Euro whitefish.

And if you think the prospects for the UK economy look gloomy, look at Ireland. Our growth is predicted at 1%; Ireland's is currently headed for 0.5% and predicted to be 0%. With a dramatic fall in domestic consumption and a rise in unemployment due to the collapse of the bubble construction sector in Ireland. In the old days Ireland could have boosted exports by devaluing the Punt, but no longer. Msr Sarkozy has made it clear that Euro exchange rates are run for the benefit of France and Germany all European nations, and casualties such as Ireland and Spain can expect no help.

But let's remember that the Irish must hold off from voting 'Yes' to Lisbon until May 2010. Cameron's undertaking to hold a referendum in the UK is conditional on the Treaty not having been ratified across Europe.

Times are set to be hard here, but they'll be harder in Ireland. For generations, Irish men have come here to work. Now they'll be back again, and we should do everything we can to accommodate them. So bar owners, hire an Irishman not a Lithuanian. Homeowners, look for the Murphys and O'Connors in the yellow pages to fix your plumbing. Employers, send your job details to the local Catholic Club. And for the rest of us, eschew Tuscany and the Loire this year for Galway and Donegal. The Irish have done more than enough for this country in the past. It's time we started repaying.


Blue Eyes said...

The one thing I DO NOT understand is why our own government is so quick to toe the EU line when it could be so popular at home by being sceptic. Brown could have won plaudits at home for saying "actually, NO, we are not going to ratify the treaty now the Irish have said no". Why didn't he?

I am beginning to think that Brown's refusal to take us into the Euro had nothing to do with scepticism, just that he knew that he didn't want to abide by the rigour of the Maastricht public finance rules.

Lina said...

The whim of the Irish politicians who blasted the encouragement for the NO vote today when they decline to meet with Sarcozy looks funny. Last year Poland was behaving like a spoiled girl and threatening not to ratify the treaty, but when the EU said they would withdraw the funds, Polish caprices faded into oblivion.
The tragedy of the Irish is that the YES voice was not heard at all before the referendum. The result became the protest against everything.
With the slowdown in the Irish economy the politicians' pulling of their faces might result in the political isolation of Ireland in the EU club. That's what happens when the kitten pretends to be equal among lions.
As for hiring Irish instead of Lithuanians - people should be hired based on their skills, diligence and experience.

Mike said...

Erm, one slight problem with employers sending details to the local Catholic club (if it's Irish workers you're looking to favour): both Poland and Lithuania are solid Catholic.