The Republic of Ireland: colonised by commissioners
Arvamus 22 Nov 2010  EWR
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As part of the financial bailout, Ireland has been annexed by the Great Power that is the Brussels bureaucracy. Where are the protests?
Brendan O’Neill, Spiked

On November 18 in Europe, a small nation was annexed by a Great Power and nobody batted an eyelid.

The Republic of Ireland, a supposedly independent sovereign state, was taken over by ‘men in black’ (or ‘the Germans’ as some Irish angrily refer to them) from the European Commission (EC) and its bank. These men in black will now effectively be the highest authority in Ireland, at liberty both to scrutinise and ‘modify’ (EU-speak for overhaul) the Irish government’s austerity package and economic recovery plans. Dominated for centuries by Britain, Ireland has now been re-colonised by commissioners, downgraded from a sovereign entity to an insolvent business in need of a banker’s stern rebuke.

There are at least two extraordinary things about the so-called bailout of deeply troubled Ireland. First there is the extent of the authority, the power of the clout, of the men and women from the EC, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) who arrived in Dublin yesterday. These unelected individuals will have the right to pore over, line by line, the elected Irish government’s economic plans. Indeed, Ireland has delayed its four-year austerity budget so that European officials and the IMF can go over it first, in myopic detail, to ensure that it meets the requirements of the Brussels bureaucracy. The officials will carry out ‘intensified, short and focused’ preparations for an Irish bailout.

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