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    Default that's our president; out there questioning the social conscious of economics and the assumptions on which it's based

    Michael D got a standing ovation from the eu parliament for this speech
    Address by President Michael D. Higgins

    Some of the key points
    - [Citizens] feel that in general terms the economic narrative of recent years has been driven by dry technical concerns; for example, by calculations that are abstract and not drawn from real problems, geared primarily by a consideration of the impact of such measures on speculative markets, rather than driven by sufficient compassion and empathy with the predicament of European citizens who are members of a union, and for whom all of the resources of Europe’s capacity, political, social, economic and intellectual might have been drawn on, driven by the binding moral spirit of a union.

    - There is nothing more corrosive to society and more crushing to an individual than endemic unemployment, particularly among the young.

    - [neoclassical economics ] is of course useful for limited and defined tasks. It is insufficient however as an approach for our problems and our future.

    - [ our people] merely as dependent variables to the opinions of rating agencies, agencies unaccountable to any demos, and indeed found to be fallible on occasion, then instead of being citizens we would be reduced to the status of mere consumers

    I dont think anyone could have said it better, fair play to Michael D

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    Hind sight and a 6 figure state funded salary cum pension must be great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dancl2000 View Post
    Michael D got a standing ovation from the eu parliament for this speech
    Address by President Michael D. Higgins

    Some of the key points
    - [Citizens] feel that in general terms the economic narrative of recent years has been driven by dry technical concerns; for example, by calculations that are abstract and not drawn from real problems, geared primarily by a consideration of the impact of such measures on speculative markets, rather than driven by sufficient compassion and empathy with the predicament of European citizens who are members of a union, and for whom all of the resources of Europe’s capacity, political, social, economic and intellectual might have been drawn on, driven by the binding moral spirit of a union.

    - There is nothing more corrosive to society and more crushing to an individual than endemic unemployment, particularly among the young.

    - [neoclassical economics ] is of course useful for limited and defined tasks. It is insufficient however as an approach for our problems and our future.

    - [ our people] merely as dependent variables to the opinions of rating agencies, agencies unaccountable to any demos, and indeed found to be fallible on occasion, then instead of being citizens we would be reduced to the status of mere consumers

    I dont think anyone could have said it better, fair play to Michael D
    Has Michael D as President of Ireland signed of on legislation that has resulted in Austerity been imposed in Ireland????

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    Presumably he didn't get infracted for turning a phrase 'as Gaeilge', at any point during the speech.
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    Wow, Irish "king with no clothes" politician gets applauded by "European kings with no clothes" politicians....who knew

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disillusioned democrat View Post
    Hind sight and a 6 figure state funded salary cum pension must be great.
    Sooo, I wonder when Ian McKellan & a bunch of vertically challenged bearded gentlemen are going to make a visit to Micky D's Aras one evening and take him off for an adventure. petunia

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    Quote Originally Posted by realistic1 View Post
    Has Michael D as President of Ireland signed of on legislation that has resulted in Austerity been imposed in Ireland????
    On what grounds constitutional grounds do you believe he could have refused to sign?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Disillusioned democrat View Post
    Hind sight and a 6 figure state funded salary cum pension must be great.
    WTF are you on about?

    Michael D was rocking the EU parliament for us.

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    Fair play to him, yes he's overpaid, doesn't do a whole pile etc etc but finally after 3 terms of toxic presidents we have a president we can be proud of. Keep up the good work.
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    A social democratic speech veering on a socialist. He promised to be a President for all the people : he lied.

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