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Maintaining the status quo – Global Irish Economic Forum and Your Country/Your Call

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.


Status Report of the Global Irish Economic Forum

I wrote about the Global Irish Economic Forum back around the time it was hosted, Diaspora, schmiaspora! How about the chickens who came home to roost?.

I wasn’t that impressed back then with what it was supposedly intending to achieve or the methods it was going about its task, and upon reading the status report which is now available on the Forum website here, I’m not seeing anything that can convince me that my original scepticism was misplaced.

For a great review of this status report, you should read this blog post from Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev, Why Farmleigh report falls flat.

At the moment, apart from these regional meetings referred to Dr. Gurdgiev, the most developed idea so far seems to be the Global Irish Internet portal being worked on by John McColgan. There’s a post over on Bock The Robber that covers that idea – Riverdance’s McColgan Comes Up with Internet Portal Idea.

The conclusion drawn by Dr. Gurdgiev:

What Farmleigh report does well, then? It shows a deep degree of incompetence and insecurity amongst the political and bureaucratic masters of Ireland Inc. It’s comprehensive lack of new ideas, lack of departure from the status quo are frustrating, especially since we know – many of those who were at Farmleigh last September really do have good ideas.

There’s those words again – the “status quo”.


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