From Phillip Pilkington, writing at NakedCapitalism:
“almost every single person in Ireland today qualified to explain what happened was complicit in pushing this economic ideology. And so to explain to the Irish people what actually happened would be to give them the rope with which to hang the commentariat”
… with the government not running into debt and imports and exports roughly balanced, where could the new money required for growth come from? Well, obviously the private sector is the only place left — and indeed the new money came precisely and predictably from there. Ireland’s growth, as we were soon to see, relied almost wholly on private sector borrowing and the inflating of a massive housing bubble.
After the international community encouraged Ireland on this path, believing it to be the poster child for a dubious economic ideology, it is the Irish people that are supposed to take the blame for the failure of this policy model.
This is madness, of course. But no one notices. Why? Because they do not speak the language of power and must try to understand things in simple moral terms. Since most of the Irish population do not understand the economic model that was bestowed upon us by international leaders and their representatives in Ireland they must instead seek solace in simple moral arguments.
But why don’t our own patriotic commentariat explain what has happened and absolve the Irish people of their guilt in simple logical terms? Why don’t they point out that these reforms were sanctioned and pushed by the very people that now demand our infinite apologies? Because, quite simply, almost every single person in Ireland today qualified to explain what happened was complicit in pushing this economic ideology. And so to explain to the Irish people what actually happened would be to give them the rope with which to hang the commentariat.
Tragic as this may be, there is at least one saving grace: namely, that the Irish people know something stinks when the likes of Kenny comes out and play-acts his guilt in front of an international audience. There is a general feeling amongst the populace that they have been had. They know that during the boom years they played by the rules handed down from Frankfurt, Brussels and, yes, Davos — and they sense that it is these rules and the lawmen behind them that are to blame for the current mess.