Do the government not realise the gravity of the international situation now facing us? We will be caught in the dangerous eddy as the great Western Economies go into rapid decline, caused by the hidden power of demographics and not any highly visible terrorist deed. The hole that Leinster House is digging is getting deeper and the further down they go, the less opportunity for movement. A former leader had much firmer foundations to stand on, when he resisted international pressure. Leinster House now, more than ever for the sake of our future, our young workforce, badly need a stabilising influence.
Cardinal Connell or somebody like him could supply the missing cord that would bind the Irish Cabinet and turn it into one of the most informed Government legislation bodies in the Western World! There definitely should be a representative of the archbishop’s house at the Cabinet Table or at least in the Oireachtas.
Ironically it seems to be one of the only customs that we failed to inherit from the British Parliamentary system, where a number of seats in their Upper House in Westminster are the preserve of Church of England bishops. Britain was able to hold onto their population and grow it; but obviously the bishops are loosing the battle over the latter half of the 20th century; they also could do with a strong man like our Cardinal.
The future alternative is to live in a world of CHAOS! Listen! The politicians on Capital Hill called for restrained and no panic selling on the opening of Wall St. after the Sept. 11th. (Read the story of the Mayoman living in New York who also witnessed the events of the 1929 collapse, see MAYO PROFILE – Patrick Boyle by Enda Brogan in this book). What happened! Investment and finance went galloping away faster than the Lone Ranger ever did and got to hell out of there! Wall Street had the biggest collapse for a long time. Demographics of the Western World are all wrong to withstand such a shock! Message: Finance and one particular country are not inextricably linked. Don’t build your future on wealth alone. The real wealth of a country is in its children and how well they are looked after. Discount the wealth of a childless Nation, you get ZERO value! ceteris paribus. Not writing here about individual family units, but from the Macro end of things. Money and investment will eventually flee a country whose birth rate continues to fall; this is only pure logic, but maybe not to those people who are living above their station! i.e. lacking pure handed down foundation principles of life (Christian, Islamic or whatever)! Taken from Mayo Association Yearbook 2002