Monthly Archives: June 2012

Framing debate: RTE prioritizes Eurovision over Earth Summit as Govt launches eco PR campaign


Interesting to note the priority shift within RTE with regard to arts, culture and the environment. The station has been criticized for airing these programmes at witching hours.   Station management have now spent considerable sums covering our very own ‘manufactured fizz’ at the Eurovision but has no plans to cover the Rio+20 Earth Summit later this month.  Noticeably, there has been no Environment correspondent at RTE since Paul Cunningham was appointed European correspondent nearly a year and a half ago.

Is the coalition now taking a taking a simillar view?  Yesterday it launched  its document, “Our Sustainable Future” outlining a 70 measure implementation plan. This was a fine PR job – a glossy brochure launch – a photocall with no  journalists or environmental correspondents invited to ask probing questions. Maybe they figured there was no point, after all, there are hardly any environment correspondents left.

Read John Gibbons report here

Has McWilliams been right all along?

The Fiscal Treaty referendum ‘yes’ vote was a pyrrhic victory for the coalition as fear overcame anger or electoral pragmatism overcame a ‘roll of the dice’ gamble.  The electorate certainly don’t believe the Government’s mixed message assurances regarding a second bailout..

In today’s Irish Times Derek Scally reports on the views of all German parties confirming that it is not just Merkel, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble and their CPD colleagues that are opposed to easing Ireland’s bank debt, it is aIso a deep-seated view across the Bundestag, from the government to opposition benches and includes the SPD and Greens.

Deaglán de Breadun backs up Scally’s analysis claiming that there was not much ‘meeting of minds’ when the CPD’s coalition partners, the Free Democratic Party (FDP),met with the Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform in Leinster House yesterday.

So it seems economist David McWilliams was right all along.  We’ve played the ‘best boy in the class’ routine and they want more of the same. In other words, ordinary taxpayers must continue to be  penalised to protect private financial investors.  We are too small and too weak to matter.

Cleverly, in the same edition, John Geraghty, writing in an Irishman’s Diary details German war reparations and notes that Germany’s final payment was made on October 3rd, 2010, more than 91 years after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. As he says himself,  “Truly debt repayment is all about time – and timing”.