Ireland's Big Lie: The Real Potemkin Village

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While the world is awash in central banker created Potemkin village analogies, Ireland has gone one step further. In a little over two weeks, the self-important leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) will be meeting at the Lough Erne Golf Resort in Northern Ireland. There’s a slight problem, however. Ireland’s economy is in shambles and many of the neighboring towns are in horrible shape. So what’s the solution? Simple, just pretend nothing’s wrong by remodeling storefronts long since abandoned just as you would in a Hollywood set. What about those pesky abandoned buildings and other eyesores of blight and destitution? No problem, just place colorful murals in front of them. It makes sense. After all, the response by the G8 to the financial collapse since the beginning has been to cover it up and pretend nothing happened.

 

Via Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Ireland’s Big Lie: Town Gets Cheap, Superficial Makeover Ahead of the G8 Summit

In a little over two weeks, the self-important leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) will be meeting at the Lough Erne Golf Resort in Northern Ireland.  There’s a slight problem, however.  Ireland’s economy is in shambles and many of the neighboring towns are in horrible shape.  While real economic collapse doesn’t seem to bother Ireland’s leaders, the thought of Barack Obama, Shinzo Abe and David Cameron having to confront the realities of poverty while feasting on caviar and foie gras is simply too much to bare.

So what’s the solution?  Simple, just pretend nothing’s wrong by remodeling storefronts long since abandoned just as you would in a Hollywood set.  What about those pesky abandoned buildings and other eyesores of blight and destitution?  No problem, just place colorful murals in front of them.  It makes sense.  After all, the response by the G8 to the financial collapse since the beginning has been to cover it up and pretend nothing happened.  At least the meme is consistent across the Western World.  From the Irish Times:

Hundreds of thousands of pounds have been spent on a Fermanagh facelift as the county prepares for the G8 summit in just under three weeks’ time, but locals complain the work paid for by the local council and the Stormont Executive is little more than skin deep.

 

More than 100 properties within range of the sumptuous Lough Erne resort which hosts the world’s wealthiest leaders, have been tidied up, painted or power-hosed.

 

However, locals say the makeover only serves to hide a deeper malaise which US president Barack Obama, German chancellor Angela Merkel, French president François Hollande and others will not get to see.

 

Two shops in Belcoo, right on the border with Blacklion, Co Cavan, have been painted over to appear as thriving businesses. The reality, as in other parts of the county, is rather more stark.

 

Just a few weeks ago, Flanagan’s – a former butcher’s and vegetable shop in the neat village – was cleaned and repainted with bespoke images of a thriving business placed in the windows. Any G8 delegate passing on the way to discuss global capitalism would easily be fooled into thinking that all is well with the free-market system in Fermanagh. But, the facts are different.

 

“That work happened just a few weeks ago,” he said. The council got that place painted but it went under sometime last year.

 

The butcher’s business has been replaced by a picture of a butcher’s business. Across the road is a similar tale. A small business premises has been made to look like an office supplies store. It used to be a pharmacy, now relocated on the village main street.

 

Elsewhere in Fermanagh, billboard-sized pictures of the gorgeous scenery have been located to mask the occasional stark and abandoned building site or other eyesore.

Global ponzi economy.  Pathetic.