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