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On April 18th Clare Daly highlight the hypocritical actions of the government where they had imposed a severe lockdown everyone and closed many businesses because of their concern to stop the spread of Covid. Yet in the middle of all this they flew in hundreds of workers from Bulgaria to work for a company that has had very favourable treatment from Fine Gael. Her statement appeared on her facebook page and received many comments. The statement in presented in full here and an attempt is to made to reconcile the what is going on.
Clare Daly Statement on April 18th
Statement on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClareDalyMEP/posts/3636204013062172
There are many valid and good points here but the issue is quite clear. The governement are and have been under huge international pressure to impose the lockdown. People tend to forget this is not just a national thing. It is global. We always follow the lead of other bigger countries. Much of the pressure has come from the WHO although it is strange that such an organisation has suddenly so much power. However the government also know that probably most people have already been exposed to the virus and that it is no more deadlier than the flu. The numbers of deaths bear this out and have been proven else where. In fact the whole lockdown is completely pointless and uneccesary. See for example these stories.
So if this risk is actually extremely low, then there is no problem with several hundred people flying in the same plane. We all did it up to a few weeks ago.
The next issue is why? In the carnage after the current economic suicide it will be predominately small businesses that will go bust because of cash flow, less resources and they will not get the same bailouts as the big firms.
This in fact applies also to the agricultural sector. It will be small farmers crushed and many will probably in the medium term end up selling their land as they will be in debt,to banks. This land will end up in the hands of the bigger corporate agri-busineses. We saw examples of this in Strokestown as a result of the last crisis. This is the whole point of the lockdown everywhere. A transfer of assets and wealth into the hands of the bigger firms. In the case of Ireland, Keelings is simply the favoured firm and obviously have the backing of the government. In the US much of the farming land is owned by agri-business. This is to be rolled out during and after this lockdown, probably Europe wide. This is the new model.
So we have those on the right tend to get focused on the racial aspects and those on the Left with the concerns for the workers which of course are complely legitimate but few are looking at the big picture and linking it with the overall situation and working out an explanation which is rational.Whoever and whatever group has been behind the whole global pressure to impose this lockdown is running rings around the Right and the Left while they focus on the minutiae and miss the picture. There have been a few exceptions to those who do see it.
The overall tone is that the actions of the government are irrational. They are only irrational if you buy into the virus scare. If you don't, and realize the government don't then things become a lot clearer and it also shows that the goverement is just acting in the way they always did. The real absurd notion is that this lockdown is done because they care.