May 28th, 2012

Fine Gael Gets CEOs to Endorse Treaty ‘Yes’ Vote

Ireland’s governing Fine Gael party is campaigning for a ‘Yes’ vote in a referendum on the EU’s Fiscal Compact Treaty. Trust in politicians in Ireland is so low that they are getting business CEOs to front the campaign with endorsements claiming it will be good for business – despite the European Central Bank’s policies wrecking the economy.

Today Irish taxpayers are paying €2.25 billion in bond payments on unsecured bonds for failed private banks – some €500 for every man, woman and child in Ireland – a bad deal which Fine Gael voted for in 2008. Fine Gael are calling this treaty a “stability treaty”, it is in reality a treaty to surrender fiscal sovereignty.

Ahead of the vote in three days time Guido is trying to buy advertising in the Irish Times parodying the campaign with some CEOs who really are grateful to Fine Gael:

Incidentally the advertising campaign is “under review”.


  1. 1
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Bankers are human beings too.

    I think.


    • 10
      Liarpoliticians says:

      It doesn’t matter what way the Irish vote, it’s just a pointless rubber stamp to a policy that’s going ahead anyway, the typical Brussels Commie way.

      How many EU laws are broken with the “Fiscal pact”? Working as a cartel, money laundering… quite a list.


      • 20
        Anonymous says:

        Not forgetting the normal business practice of auditing the accounts which has been abandoned for the last 17 years, and something which everybody in the EUSSR seems to agree is somehow totally acceptable. FFS


        • 29
          Rage Against the Politcal Elite says:

          If the IRISH VOTE NO. The european Gravey train will hit the buffers and the Bankers will be fu-ked. Its going to be BAD, but why should it just be good for the Political elite, They have fu-ked everything and now want the people too take the PAIN to keep the 1% at the trough.


        • 30
          Rage Against the Politcal Elite says:

          The Political class and bankers are the only ones who will benefit from austerity.


          • sockpuppet #4 says:

            Whereas everyone benefits when politicians spend lots of money and don’t ever paying it back.


          • AC1 says:

            Er, that’s complete crap. The political classes need exponential debt* and the banks make easy (rent-seeking) profits from this.

            *Exponential debt masks the damage from transfer-taxation.


          • Rage Against the Politcal Elite says:

            That complete Crap. The Profligate Political Class have crashed the global economy and what they need they wont get. No matter who votes what, The game is up the Ponzi Scheme is coming to an end.
            Potato famine on its way.


        • 51
          Raving Loon says:

          EU – Not elected by the electorate, not accounted for by the accountants.

          Guy Verhofstedt and all the other Euro luvvies must wonder what all the fuss is about that we little Englanders are making.


      • 76
        Sir Ian Paisley says:

        Bruton muppet more lies it was not the government [taxpayers] of Ireland who borrowed the money it was the banks. Burton is paid for by the NWO arseh***.


    • 28
      Lovers torn Lovers says:

      Strange howa country that fought so hard to gain independence is so keen to surrender it.


  2. 2
    Tony Blairs Haunted Expression says:

    I am looking particularly haunted today.


    • 6
      Pawn Sandwich says:

      And he is stuttering like a drum roll.


      • 11
        The man in the "Dock"(sorry meant Witness Stand) says:

        Look I happen to disagree with THAT view but of course it’s entirely open to you to disagree with me


        • 12
          Falls at the first hurdle says:

          Opening question, ALL your answers will be the truth. ANSWER from Bliar :YES.


          • Falls at the first hurdle says:

            Bliar has just agreed with a glowing Guardian about him. He thinks they are far better than European papers.


          • Falls at the first hurdle says:

            Bliar just said, all the anti EU were wrong and they rubbished all my pro Eu bollox. Incredible stuff!


          • Gayboy Fawkes says:

            Tony Blair, my hero!


  3. 3
    Barry says:

    What a problem.
    Vote NO, see the propery prices crash, banks fail, and have to use sterling as the only currency in town.
    Which one to hold Greek dracmas or Eire punts?


  4. 4
    gulliber says:

    The Irish Times seems very Pro “Yes” (liberal elites and all that).

    They will probably reject your adverts on the grounds that these aren’t real quotes.


    • 19
      Sophie says:

      So, a hundred years + of struggle to free themselves from British rule to meekly succumb to the jackboot tyranny of the EU?

      Time for the armalite & semtex again?


      • 36
        Raving Loon says:

        Same with the Scots. Independence from the UK, only to be swallowed up by the EU.

        It’s not a club, it’s an Empire, and we’re all just provinces.

        “There are two ways to enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”

        – John Admas


    • 63
      jrand says:

      Umm Mr F one ad missing… that which shows all their mugs behind bars, where of course they ought to be along with their politico mates Bruin et al .


  5. 5
    Widescreen2010 says:

    500 Euro isn’t much.
    Cough up, spongers.


  6. 7
    Disgusted, Purley. says:

    You are in my prayers Tony, B LIAR i pray every day that someone puts a bullet between your eyes, you money grubbing fucker.


  7. 8
    Jay says:

    Fair play, Guido. This is quite funny.


  8. 9
    Anonymous says:

    Yes! To Europe! Yes! To jobs!

    How’s that going Ireland?


  9. 13
    Synic says:

    Forget about the bog trotters — let them eat potatoes from the stew of their own making. Worry instead about the £300m PER DAY DEFICIT that Dave is running. Growth is an illusion — jam tomorrow. Cut Government expenditure to match actual revenues. Get on with it Gideon, elbow Blairlight and Cleggtwit out of the way.


  10. 14
    Dan says:

    Shouldn’t that be “Muppets” rather than “Schmucks”


  11. 17
    JH says:

    It’s been posted before but I found this video very helpful in understanding the issues.


  12. 18
    Quentin Langley says:

    If it is Eu500 from every man woman and child it is more than Eu500 from every taxpayer, and a lot more than Eu500 from every income tax payer.


  13. 22
    that's sooooo irish says:

    We’re wankrupt, let’s vote for more of the same.


  14. 25
    Raving Loon says:

    Is it me, or has the EU turned into a debt collection agency for the banks, except it’s the banks that are in debt, and we the creditors are being forced to keep lending to them beyond all reason and logic?

    In soviet Europe bank borrows from you!


    • 43
      I Remember You Hoo says:

      +1 The EU is a corporatist nirvana, where taxpayer’s are reduced to the role of little more than corporate serfs.


    • 44
      Disliker of Bankers says:

      Good point!


    • 52
      UKIPMAN says:

      The banks are indeed in debt. But the debts are also the debts of sovereign nations.

      The nations force banks (especially state banks) to buy their junk bonds.


  15. 35
    Just asking says:

    How much of the £7billion have we got back from the Republic of Ireland?
    Where does one go to look for such information.


    • 38
      Treasury Capital Distributions Dept says:

      so far we’ve had remittances of a half used bag of peat and several shovels.


    • 42
      the political asses says:

      We’re hoping you will conveniently forget.


    • 49
      I Remember You Hoo says:

      Do you seriously believe that a single penny will ever be paid back to the taxpayers who are funding this massive government / banking swindle?


      • 56
        Just asking says:

        No, I dont..yet it must never be forgotten that the £7billion is helping the Republic of Ireland maintain corporation tax and APD at rates much lower than in Northern Ireland .. got that, we are helping a competitor nation maintain more attractive business rates than our own.


    • 70
      British Citizen says:

      It is a loan so it will be paid back. We will never see the £7 billion a year wasted on British Ireland again.


    • 75
      Anonymous says:

      Consider it war reparations. Anyway, I drank it all. burp.


  16. 48

    Ten sets of ballot papers have been printed just in case they don’t vote the way they have been ordered to the first few times

    they just don’t get it


  17. 50
    UKIPMAN says:

    I had to laugh when Blair@Leveson complained about the Daily Mail not being fair about his dealings with Europe. Coming from a politician that used a sexed-up dossier to make a case for war, that is rich indeed.


    • 67
      Baldy says:

      It’s impossible to be “fair about his dealings with Europe” largely due to ‘off-record’ discussions and frequent use of a shredder.

      Having his millions of pounds of (blood?)money fully accounted for would probably give an accurate picture though – so how about it B£iar, ‘nothing to hide, nothing to fear’, eh?


  18. 54
    Vacant Possession says:

    Eire must stay in! If everyone jumps ship Germany would be left with a strengthening Euro/Deutschmark which would hurt sales of Krupps, BMW, VW etc to the Far East.

    This must not be allowed to happen!

    Anything to save Germany’s export markets, especially the impoverishment of everyone else.


  19. 57
    Socialism Ate My Future says:

    I have not one iota of sympathy for the Irish people, they fought and gained their independence then signed it all away to Brussells.

    They deserve everything they get from the EU commissars…..


    • 60
      UKIPMAN says:

      Britain fought for the same independence against the Spanish Armada, Napoleon and Hitler.


      • 62
        Socialism Ate My Future says:

        Indeed, try explaining that to our own FCO and politicos.


        • 68
          His Excellency I B Dim says:

          Wasting your time. These days most of us eggheads in the FCO are products of the comprehensives plus brainwashing at Oxbridge unis.


  20. 58
    Penfold says:

    The story goes, that the Germans phoned Dublin and said guarantee your bank debts and we’ll agree to the bail out, let your banks renege and our German banks suffer losses and you don’t get a penny.

    From the scenario above its no small wonder that the Irish people are bankrupting themselves to ensure that German banks suffer no loss. It’s the result of spineless politicians, who corruptly follow the orders of Brussels and ignore the impacts on their own countries and own people.

    BUT, fundamentally the problem, and the outcomes we are now seeing, was the creation of the Euro, with a one size fits all mentality, which lamentably failed to take account of the macro-economic inbalances in the member states and allowed credit led bubbles to develop in economies that had had high interest rates and close credit control parameters.

    You will of course see NO politician or EU apparatchik taken to task over the Ponzo scheme that is the Euro and EU.


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