Immigration has been the elephant in the room for the political elite and all the political parties support mass-immigration into Ireland.
Irish ‘politics’ for too long has lacked a full spectrum of opinion , comprising as it does a large centre ‘rump’ of main parties, each trying to persuade us they are distinguishable from each other, while sharing the same ‘we are for everything’ (and consequently nothing) populist stance on issues. Add in the left and an anarchic far-left, and local ‘bog-hole’ independents and you have the perfect recipe for the disaster that has befallen Ireland since 1997, when the Ahern ‘Roy of the Rovers’ regime was voted to power.
In no area has this democratic deficit been more evident than in the issue that is a core concern for Irish Solidarity Party (ISP) – IMMIGRATION! No greater change has taken place in Ireland since 1922 than the phenomenon of mass structured immigration into our country. We should distinguish between what has been happening in recent years and the traditional pattern of immigration into Ireland. There was always immigration into this country, mainly from proximate European countries, but indeed from further away. This was natural ‘organic’ immigration. These people did not disturb the centuries old demographic make-up of our country, rather because they arrived gradually, they absorbed into society and became a functioning part of Ireland.
However, once Ireland gained her first real trappings of prosperity in the late 90′s , we quickly became the target for people from poor third-world countries seeking a better life under the guise of seeking Asylum , as provided for by a Geneva convention constructed in the middle of the last century in post WW2 Europe. It did not take into account the facility for cross-global travel to the destination that looked most attractive and had the least-developed system of political discourse to counter it. Hence these migrants crossed safe havens on their way from West Africa and spoke the magic entry-code ‘Asylum’. Mssrs Ahern and Mansergh, the credited architects of the Good Friday agreement then pulled off a stunning ‘own-goal’. Gushing with gormless good nature they decided that anyone born in the 32 counties of Ireland could automatically become an Irish citizen, something that increased the rush of expectant ladies to our shores, whereupon, they, as a parent acquired the right to stay, often with partner as well. And so the show was rolling and it took 6 years to reverse that decision by which time 30,000 ‘New-Irish’ had been given an amnesty. By the way, the Labour Party and Sinn Féin, wanted the situation to continue.
After the first Nice referendum was defeated by democratic ballot of the people, we got, as usual, a second chance to ‘get it right’. NICE provided for the opening of all borders across the EU for citizens of the enlarged European super-state IF INDIVIDUAL STATES WISHED TO. We did have the option of a 7-year moratorium. Gushing with Glasnost once again we decided we should allow all the under-developed nations of Eastern Europe to send their people here. B. Cowen and Frank Ross (aka Prionnsias de Rossa) chiefly, led the chorus of assurance that only 15,000 would bother to come, and chastised those cautioning otherwise (such as Immigration Control Platform) that such calls were ‘fomenting racism’. Anyway 300,000 came, a bit of a miscalculation by our innumerate then Finance Minister. That reckless experiment in social engineering on a mass-scale by apprentice ‘planters’ is what sadly led to the crash, socially and economically of our ancient homeland.
This influx of willing labour was of course the secret reason for the FF/PD experiment. It suited the ‘Seanies’ and the ‘Gerries’ and all the other ‘developers’ who wanted to make mega-bucks covering our pleasant land with cavity-blocks. As incoming numbers grew, so more cavity blocks were laid, houses, apartments and all the associated paraphernalia grew in every corner site and field of the land. Irish people seeking to set out in life and buy a home became the big losers – property values rocketed, but the Seanies got richer and the Galway tent got fuller and everything was rosy, EXCEPT TO THOSE WHO SAW THE MADNESS AND THE INEVITABLE FOLLY AND COLLAPSE .
Amidst this European invasion, the asylum game continued apace, but now better funded by the host nation (aka the tax-payer), and spawned a pantheon of advocate organisations with CEOs and ‘Mission Statements’. All the way from China came 100,000, a great number students of English, many of whom forgot to actually learn any or indeed to go home when their course of ‘study’ had ended. Add in the colourful troups of gypsies and Ireland’s transformation into an overseas homeland for the nations of the world was accomplished.
The concept of multiculturalism entered the lexicon, and was regularly espoused as a major goal by all good-thinking high officials. Our President became a prominent cheer-leader for this new creed at every opportunity at home and abroad, cheerily advising us as well on RTÉ TV that we simply must have 50,000 migrants every year to satisfy our economy. Ireland was run solely as an economy for the benefit of bloated ruling elite in this period, NOT as a nation State for the benefit of its long enduring people.
The democratic deficit was evident in the behaviour of the political parties at election times. They reached uncharacteristic consensus in taking their ‘Vow of Silence’ on the issue if immigration at election time so no one spoke and a compliant media left them off the hook. They will do so again in 2011, even though it is now clear to everyone that this ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ squeamishness has contributed to the decline of Ireland to the level of a third-world country itself – ironic in that we were told what we were doing was saving the established ‘third-world’.
Ask your canvassing party politicos about all of this at your door-step, what part did they play or not play. You will, I suspect find them singularly ill-equipped to either understand, accept or do anything about these points.
If you want a voice – VOTE FOR IT. Ted Neville, who has regularly aired the situation described above in the media, is running in Cork South Central, and voters in other constituencies may find other candidates who share an understanding of ISP’s platform. Give Ted Neville and those others your No.1 …..No. 2s don’t work for new emerging candidates and parties ….it’s the way of PR.
Go n-eirí linn …..