In my post yesterday, Status Report of the Global Irish Economic Forum, I referred to the review of the status report written by Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev.
One point that Dr. Gurdgiev highlighted at the end of his report was as follows:
Which brings me to the revelation that was not made before (to my knowledge) about Farmleigh. In months of preparation for Farmleigh, DofFA took over the lists of invitees, prepared by the idea originators and mercilessly cut out all potential invitees they did not approve of.From that list gone were a number of public figures very active in policy debate in this country and internationally. They then added a number of those, deemed by the bureaucrats as representative of the Social Partnership. How do I know this? The original owners of the Farmleigh idea actually told me this a week before Farmleigh took place!
So, an idea originally devised by David McWilliams but which enrolled some government involvement, eventually became hamstrung by that government involvement.
And it’s not like anyone could be surprised by this revelation.
And after discovering a couple of weeks ago that the government has effectively funded the €200,000 prize money in the Your Country, Your Call idea generating competition (they’re investing €300,000 of the total €2m fund), we should now be expecting a very strong government involvement/interference in this campaign as well.
As I said in my very first post about YCYC – the status quo that currently exists in this country will only be maintained through this competition – rather than seeing anything of the supposed “truly transformational” ideas they’re looking for.
As the saying goes, “he who pays the piper, calls the tune”. And the piper in this case will ensure that the tune (and the two winning ideas) are not too revolutionary to change the status quo.