So I began again: “63 million Britons living in the land, 63 million Britons living in the land, and if one wee Briton should accidently die, two wee Britons are born to take his place.”
The tune fits exactly, isn’t that nice.
It seems that the population of the UK is rising by 48 people per hour and this has frightened the life out of some of our compatriots over the water.
“We can’t support this rate of growth, the schools, NHS and the infrastructure is not there for such an increase in population,” they cry.
The real problem for some of the Brits, only heard in whispers, is that a quarter of these children are being born to mothers who were not born in this land. This means that since the child now has citizenship rights, the mother can also stay.
“And of course most of these mothers are not the ‘right type, old chap,’ if you know what I mean. You know the type that couldn’t afford to buy a good handbag in a shop in Germany.”
Populations change, it is a fact of history; where do you think the Fitzpatrick’s and the Fitzgerald’s came from. They came over with the Normans, they settled and they interbred. Some of the Vikings stayed (according to some commentators they now play for Tyrone), the Scots have been coming and going up around the north coast for centuries, these things are facts of life.
I was recently at a First Communion where out of 79 youngsters 10 had obviously Eastern European names. A full 12.5% of those making First Communion were from Eastern Europe. That’s a large percentage and it has to affect our society.
One country needs workers another country supplies them. It’s as simple as that.
There have been bigger changes than that in our lifetime. Forty years ago Ireland was a Christian country which had some semblance of morals.
Within two generations we have become a pagan state, proud of our atheists in government and the Aras and willingly taking on the mantle of secularism with all that that entails.
For me, this change is much more significant than my neighbour arriving from Poland. Which would you rather have next door, a decent hard working Polish person or a secular, atheist Free Stator, who hates everything about our Catholic heritage?
Have you ever heard of a Zero Hour contract? It is a new device by employers to avoid having to pay real wages to workers. The Zero Hour contract is a stark example of the push for profit at the expense of the worker.
If you are old enough you shall remember the Dockers strike of 1966 which crippled Britain. The Dockers were employed on a day to day basis. They used to line up and stand at the docks and a foreman would come and pick out the men needed for the day. The rest would go home.
It turns your guts when you think of it. And now we are back to the same thing in the Zero Hour contract. The boss decides who he needs for today and hires them. The rest stay at home.
How long will it be til we have the Hiring Fairs again?
The only person I would put on a Zero Hour contract is Jim Brown, head honcho at the Ulster Bank. Any man who can lose a billion in a year in spite of charging people for going through the door of the branch, is someone especially stupid.
However, in fairness to Uncle Jim, that loss was to April 2012, the loss for the year to April 2013 was only £329 million. He’s improving, so let’s give him a guaranteed three hours a week. To paraphrase dear old Oscar, “To lose one billion is unfortunate; to lose 1.329 billion seems like carelessness.”
“It’s them down there in Dublin that are causing the problem. They just won’t pay their mortgages!” I can hear the rumblings being said in the offices of the Ulster Bank.
We are leaving the Age of Aquarius and entering the Age of the Strategic Defaulter.
The Strategic Defaulter is the latest invention of the Bankers in the Free State to justify their being bailed out and to justify why they can’t do anything about the current financial crisis.
You see, there is a huge lie at the middle of the Irish Banking system. We have been told that the banks are financially sound and that another bailout will not be needed. However, there is a rising tide of mortgage arrears in the private homes sector and more so in the buy to rent sector.
This has been coming for years and the banks are unwilling and unable to do anything about it. It is my opinion that if the banks say that there is a mortgage crisis then that means that they have lent money wildly and foolishly and therefore are partly to blame.
They will never do this because if they admit to any wrongdoing they would become open to an inquiry and some of the goings on between them and the politicians would come to light. Have you ever thought how we’re six years into the worst financial crisis in the state and there is still no inquiry as to what really happened?
With the recent revelations of the contacts between St Enda the Red, and the people in Anglo Irish Banks before he came into power, the chances of an inquiry are fast receding.
Another reason for the bankers ‘mums the word’ position is that they have invented ‘Strategic Defaulter-man’ because if there was any meaningful attempt to solve the mortgage crisis then the real financial weakness of the banks would become evident.
If the depth of the weakness of the Irish Banks was exposed then they would have to go to Aunty Merkel for another sub. But Aunty Merkel has already told us that there is nothing left in the kitty and if a bank needs any more bailouts it has to find the money from their own resources.
What does all this mean?
It means that when the reality of the entire Irish banks’ position becomes exposed then these same banks will have to find the money to fund themselves.
And there is only one place the banks can go --- to the depositors.
Eventually the Irish banks will only have one option - to take the money from the deposits of the customers in their banks. This is what we have seen happen in Cyprus and this is what is going to happen in any other European bank that gets into trouble.
So the Irish banks invent the myth of the Strategic Defaulter to shift the blame from themselves onto someone else and in doing so they are trying to stave off the day when the truth is disclosed. The current breed is hoping to be away with their pensions before this happens.
Any person with money in the Free State banks at this time had better shift it quick. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
Would you believe that George Bernard Shaw prophesied these days? In 1876 Mr Shaw left these shores in disgust at what he saw in his native land and didn’t return for thirty years. He once said about his fellow Paddy: “Put an Irishman on a spit and you can always get another Irishman to turn him.”
Perhaps we could change the wording slightly to make it more apt for modern times: “Give an Irish family a mortgage and you can always find an Irish bank to bleed them dry.”
Shaw was a complex man but he was not afraid to speak the truth. At the outbreak of World War I he wrote an essay entitled “Common Sense about the War,” which called Great Britain and its allies equally culpable with the Germans and argued for negotiation and peace. His anti-war speeches made him notorious and the target of much criticism.
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Not even Shaw, who is widely recognised as the greatest playwright in the English language since Shakespeare, could think of words suitable to describe the moral bankruptcy of this generation of Irish politicians and bankers.
The Irish mortgage crisis is not a new phenomemun, it has been around for 4500 thousand years. It appears that a male skeleton found in a Co Laois bog was buried there 2500 years before the birth of Jesus and he had been executed for being a Strategic Mortgage defaulter.
The unfortunate victim of the financial crisis had a letter from an Irish bank saying “We will dig you up when your mortgage is paid!”
Thankfully, I saw a beautiful story on UTV last week which lifted my spirits. It was one of those stories that make you have real hope in life.
The story was about a little boy called Joe Lamont and his fight for life. The courage of the wee thing is just a wonderful testimony to the desire of a young child to live. The love shown by his mother Sarah was incredible. The family is from Ballymena.
Sarah was told that the child would not survive: “It was awful - I thought once this baby comes out of me he's going to die.”
But the child did survive and is now at home after a long time in hospital.
Stories such as this bring joy to our heart; the gift of life touches something way, way deep down within us, something at the very centre of our being.
Isn’t it is amazing how little attention we pay to our instincts. Everyone knows and feels deeply the love that a child brings to our lives and yet couples today have lost the joy of having children; we import them from afar.
What has happened in the UK and the rest of Europe is very simple. Our nations have grown old and tired. Look at the way Europe has almost completely dropped out of any international politics and is involved in nothing new at all.
China and India have more to say now than the EU. America is still fighting its corner, but we have given up; we are weary of life. We want to be grandparents, not parents; we want the young around us but not our own. There is a tiredness in European culture.
Have you ever heard of Walter Lacqueur?
“I became a historian of the post-war era in Europe, but the Europe I knew no longer exists. My book ‘Out of the Ruins of Europe,’ published in 1970, ended with an optimistic assessment of the future. Later, in 2008, ‘The Last Days of Europe: Epitaph for an Old Continent’ was published. I returned to the subject in my latest book, ‘After the Fall: The End of the European Dream and the Decline of a Continent.’ The sequence of titles probably says it all.”
In the interview Lacqueur says that Europe, simply because of its size, shall remain important as a trading partner, but shall fade in political clout.
We have witnessed this happen in post-Empire Britain; who cares what Britain says about anything nowadays—they can’t even control their own people anymore.
The World Police and Fire Games moved to Belfast City Centre on Friday evening for the final of the “Rioting Sans Frontiers.”
Several police forces took part but the PSNI’s undoubted experience shone through in the end.
The game consists of two mobs trying to cut the heads of each other and the police and firemen have to get in between the mobs and keep them apart.
Points are awarded for injuries received, plastic bullets fired and litres of water used in water cannon.
The New York Police Department fired 4 plastic bullets, received 5 injuries and used no water: total-9 points.
West Yorkshire Police Authority fired 0 plastic bullets, got no injuries and drank all the water: total-0 points.
The PSNI, our lads in blue; 26 plastic bullets, 56 injuries and 100,000 litres of water: total 182 points.
“Belfast remains divided between pro-British Protestants and Catholics who generally favour unification with Ireland, despite a 1998 peace and power-sharing deal that put an end to the worst of the "troubles" in the British province.
Protestants tried to block a march on Friday evening along the city's main thoroughfare, Royal Avenue, by the nationalist side of the community and when police moved in to clear them, they threw bricks, bottles and fireworks,” said the New York Times on Saturday last.
What a wonderful advert for our wee land!
It is good to see that the Police and Fire Games ended on a high with the visitors to our land getting an idea of what real policing is about. The games were a great success and brought much business to the New(ish) North; the South African and Israeli police authorities have said that they shall both return to Northern Ireland next July and August when they shall take a course alongside the PSNI in Crowd Control.
Who needs tourism when you can train the police forces of the world in crowd control?
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