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Let’s write the globalisation dictionary

In 2016 let’s put an end to the spin on words which deflect from their true meaning.

Fancy words like ‘promissory notes’ but which are IOUs borne out of the forcing of private and other debt upon the people.

Words like ‘bailout’ sounding like a ‘reluctant helping hand’ but which is a lucrative loan to be repaid with interest making billions in ever-accumulating interest and fees for the international banks together with ‘conditionality’ attached which demands the privatisation of vital national resources in this country and countries worldwide.

This can be seen as far back as the Vietnam war when the country and its people were near napalmed out of existence before the offer of ‘redevelopment’ loans from the world banks and developers, global corporations, and resources grabbers moved in for the big rip-off.

Like Vietnam, Ireland, Greece and other EU countries were ‘bombed’ but by cheap and easy credit loans with the collusion of international agencies, banks and recklessly negligent politicians and so we are now locked-in to a never-ending cycle of debt..

While we are at it, if we cannot have a non-party national assembly of talented individuals democratically elected, each sworn in just to serve the common good, could we at least, change the words ‘party manifesto’ to ‘book of aspirations’.

Joe Brennan


Co. Cork


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