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Why can’t we take a lead from Iceland?

CAN even one of those clever sociologists in Irish universities, with their massive salaries and pensions paid for by the taxpayer, explain to us why Ireland isn’t like Iceland.

They too suffered a catastrophic financial meltdown caused by bad governance and links between politics and business, as in Ireland, but not only has Iceland’s banking inquiry been completed and all the senior management in their banks replaced, its people took to the streets. They ejected their government and in the process prevented those who created the economic mess using the authority of the state and taxpayers’ money to protect their friends in the way Fianna Fáil is doing in Ireland.

The new Icelandic government has restructured its banking system, refocused its economy towards its traditional strengths and its politicians have now produced one of the most far-reaching freedom of information acts in the world, surpassing even that of Sweden.

Iceland has a colonial history as grim as Ireland and achieved its independence far later than we did, so is there some genetic mutant within Irish DNA that makes us so pathetically incapable of taking any action to hold our government to account and to stop the prospects of future generations being squandered, and for what, to protect the wealth of those who have close links to Fianna Fáil? What is it that prevents people understanding the link between their job loss, their negative equity, their children emigrating, their sense of hopelessness and the actions of Fianna Fáil.

Desmond FitzGerald

Canary Wharf

London


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