What about Seán Gallagher, former National Executive member of Fianna Fáil, looking like favourite in Presidential election?
The business and corporate ethos remains to the fore.
“Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.” — Benito Mussolini
It is not proven that these words were ever spoken or written by Mussolini but their meaning matches what he said and practiced.
Our world continues to be dominated by corporations, and more particularly by financial monopolies, the needs and interests of private ‘investors‘ has more importance in Ireland than does the wellbeing of citizens.
Seán Gallagher, candidate for President, says he wants to keep Ireland “open for business”, he wants to be the “face of our vision”. He plans to do this by leading missions to invite more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and by helping … “to get that gene, to create the next batch of entrepreneurs.”
His vision is to promote the culture of business, of corporatism – that is his ethos. He will promote foreign dependence and the rule of vested interests in our country.
This is also the ethos of the EU’s ‘European Project’; they have favoured the corporate world and financially supported globalisation (€50m to DELL), so Mr. Gallagher would fit in very well as our head of state. Now this same EU wants even tighter control over member states, over taxation and budgets, strengthening its drive towards status as a world super-power – to compete with other super-powers.
Getting “a return on that investment”!
Regarding his pay as Uachtarán na hÉireann, Mr. Gallagher says he knows “how we can get a return on that investment.”, if he is elected. This corporate ethos is fundamental to Fianna Fáil, Gallagher’s Alma Mater.
This election is a question of what values we cherish …
This ethos equates the interests of the corporate world with the interests of the Irish people, it places itself above the people. This is the same culture and outlook that brought us into crisis, it is the ethos that is wrecking havoc in Ireland today.
What we need is recognition and respect for the sovereign rights of the Irish people to have the say in deciding our own destiny. This is what is under most serious attack now and in the coming year, we must be wary.
In this Presidential election the only candidates that have articulated any defence of, or commitment to, our rights as Irish citizens are Dana Rosemary Scallon and Martin McGuinness – others should be challenged on this issues.
Ireland must be run by the people, we are sovereign, not the political parties, the politicians, nor the EU. Irish citizens must be empowered and our Constitution defended.