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Taking the fast track to nowhere
national | environment | opinion/analysis Saturday October 16, 2010 21:22 by Luke Eastwood lukejeastwood at gmail dot com
Typical short-sightedness on the part of the government is leading to Ireland falling behind rather than making positive developments for our future...
In its desperate attempts save money our government seems to be taking backward steps instead of moving forward in a progressive way that will prepare the country for inevitable changes. In the last few weeks I’ve become aware of moves to cut the country’s forestry investment, a short sighted move that may save money in the short term but will have long term repercussions for Ireland. Instead of trying to emulate countries like Finland that have a successful and sustainable forestry industry, the government has opted to starve the fledgling forestry industry of funds, which will mean that forestry and spin-off industries like bio-mass energy will be negatively affected.
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Naomi Klein does a fairly professional job of dragging the rats out into the light in her 'Shock Doctrine' account of the predations of the Chicago Boys school of Freidman ekkkonomix, from Latin America to Indonesia over the last half century or so.Same operation, different banana.
Our banana is green so we feel, as Jimmy Connolly said, its Oirish.
Not surprising really.
Pushing out fringe outsider competition (maxol / Bupa etc)
More Profit for their friends in shell etc
Stealth privatisation of forestry.
Private wireless internet providers taking up the slack providing substandard overpriced services
Road tolls and PPP's
It's pretty systematic when you look at the whole picture
Trees are probably our last remaining natural resource that hasn't been completely stolen by FF's friends yet so I suggest people keep a VERY close eye on coillte. Those FF fuckers will find a way to feather their nests by completely privatising all our remaining trees before they get kicked out in the next election. mark my words
This Government and the PD's had / have a systematic policy of opening up public services to privatisation by a process of running down the state service to the point of no return by underfunding / deliberate mismanagement then saying "too much money is required to make it work again and we now have no money. lets bring in private operators" or "private companies are more efficient" etc etc.
How else can you explain Mary harney for instance, or the whole shell rossport ray burke bertie fiasco
I suspect behind all this is a layer of international corporate / political corruption no tribunal will ever bring to light