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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IRELAND AND ICELAND…

By ATWadmin On January 31st, 2009

I read that Peter Sutherland, the Irish chairman of energy giant BP, the world’s fourth-largest company, says that Ireland’s economy has remained afloat solely because of the country’s membership of the euro.

Speaking to The Irish Times at the Davos economic forum in Switzerland, Mr Sutherland said that if Ireland was not in the single European currency, the Irish economy would be “in a state of destruction”. He described as “absolutely appropriate” the comparison between Ireland and Iceland, a non-euro state whose economy has collapsed, made by European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso during a discussion on the European economy in Davos. “He was quite right to make it,” Mr Sutherland said. “There is no point trying to pretend now what our condition is. That condition is deeply, deeply worrying, so it behoves everybody to recognise this and to react accordingly.”

So, Mr Sutherland, pray tell us what Ireland should do?

“It behoves everybody to recognise this and to react accordingly. Mr Sutherland said the Irish banks needed to be dealt with “urgently” and that it was “absolutely necessary” for the country’s credibility that the Lisbon Treaty be voted through.

Ah – I see. The Europhiles never miss a chance to try and advance their agenda and so even though the Irish people said NO to the EU constitution, the new tactic is to tell them that unless they say YES later this year, then Ireland will become the new Iceland. The threat is clear. Ireland will be frozen out if the people seek to stand in the way of the EU constitution.

11 Responses to “THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IRELAND AND ICELAND…”

  1. any excuse…lol

  2. Mr Sutherland said that if Ireland was not in the single European currency, the Irish economy would be “in a state of destruction”.

    Of course, because countries always flourish when their economies are controlled by foreigners in foreign banks.

    Sutherland is an arch corporatist, big government stooge and no friend of liberty or free markets.

  3. David:

    And there I was believing it was simply an R.

    Yet another illusion shattered. Sigh.

  4. Barry

    Always be careful with your R’s.

    (and yes,that was a desperate attempt at smut)

  5. Colm:

    But a good attempt. In my youth I pronounced the R as "or" as most Dubliners do. After many years of living abroad my R’s somewhat flattened. Desperate or what?

  6. Sutherland is an arch corporatist, big government stooge and no friend of liberty or free markets.

    100% correct. An apologist for big business and its obsession with globalisation, for whom the nation state is a nuisance to be got rid of just as soon as ever possible.

    And if they bully Ireland into a yes vote later this year, their agenda will be advanced.

  7. Curiously, and with regard to free markets, I happen -at this very moment – to be smoking a Romeo y Julieta straight from Habana, I heard a joke on this very subject from a companera in Beflast…

    What’s the difference between Ireland and Iceland?

    My response – like the correspondent above – was to say a consonant…

    The answer, apparently, is 6 months….

  8. Sutherland personifies the new corporatist class which seems capable of manoeuvring its placemen into all important government and corporate positions with consumate ease through well-oiled networking. These people move from Hong Kong and BP to the EU to Shell to Lords to …. anywhere that the EU wants them to be.

  9. According to one recent press report (grauniad I think) Icleand is to be fast tracked into the EU.

  10. "What’s the difference between Ireland and Iceland?" Iceland’s not full of Irish people, that’s a positive start right there!

  11. ireland ireland together hand in hand shoulder to shoulder