from Western People newspaper article April
to politics.ie no longer works; so as it happens, I had the piece
here it is!
doom merchant whose warnings don't seem so far-fetched anymore - The
Times - Tue, Apr 13, 2010[/url]
Become a disciple quick. Listen to the
experts not the teachers,
workers, country solicitors, bike shop owner, barristers in DAIL
This man hit the
radar around 2006, when the
was turning from boom to burst. He is an academic; he follows trends
other State agency publishes
the statistics - a typical
Economist. The start of the
Doom period had set in before he came public
with his diagnosis. It did not please the
"Vested Interests" who were trying to cover-up the
downward curves and give the
impression that everything was fine.
The Bankers would have known all this years
the economy was been smothered with all kinds of derivative
products and that the whole
cards would come tumbling down. The only surprise was that it took so
the bankers were not running
the economy; this was the
job of the politicians and
government apparatus. There is the
real hidden story; what caused them
to be so blind to the very
rip-off of the citizens of the island of Ireland.
The following extracts were taken from a detailed
page article by Michael Commins
with the Mayo News) in the Western People April 2, 2003.
politicians get wake-up call from Kiltimagh man who has left media
in the shade
Since 1998, Kiltimagh native John Higgins has been
about the changing
only in Ireland but
Europe, serious threats to the
traditional cultures of Europe,
turmoil on the Stock
Markets and the
disastrous handling of Irish managed Pension Funds.---------------
One is reminded of Kris Kristofferson's songwords
"The Preacher" " and their
voices have been scattered by the
swirling winds of time 'cause the
truth remains that noone wants to know". And it appears that such has
the case of the
"experts" in relation to John's perceptive reading of the overall picture.
As far back as April 1997! John was challenging the rosy picture of the
Irish Economy being conveyed by the
ESRI. "The EC is rapidly becoming a giant retirement home. The elderly
will represent nearly 33% of the
population between the ages
by the year 2020. Ireland's
birthrate has fallen by
27% in the period 1980 to
it time to wipe the dust
eyes and question the
balance of the ECs present
affluence with the ability
to survive?," he wrote in a letter
to the Irish Times.
The following are extracts from the
last three yearbooks produced by the
Mayo Association Dublin.
"Added pressure on our youth is the
onerous financial burden of funding a pension because of the
longer life expectancy, often running to £200-£1,000
contributions as opposed to having children are encourage by very
tax breaks. A worrying factor is that the
bulk of this money is invested in a volatile Stock Exchange."
"House prices in our built up areas are among the highest in Europe
even though we have one of the
lowest population densities. Land for building-on has become a scarce
in modern day Ireland.
Are we mad! We have one of the
population/land densities in the
world. Are we really lacking the
abilities to solve this scandalous situation? This is happening because
is diverted from having children."
"The policy of putting aside a pension sinking
laudable, but the
that this is enough to look after the
future pension needs of today’s workers is only demonstrating a total
knowledge of the
vicissitudes of the
(see below). Money and wealth should be viewed as a means to achieve a
quality of life for all citizens rather
than as an end in itself. Once a country gives indications of going
reverse growth, the money
e.g. a net EURO 140 billion left the
Euro Zone in 1999."
"They (our leaders) must stop trying to emulate
materially wealthy countries, but take time to examine the
core values of life that insures the
perpetuity of their race.
56% more births throughout Europe in
"There are few signs emanating from Europe
that any other policy other than monetary (completely useless) to
this downward trend is even being considered. This increasingly
society will pull down any robust small society that comes under its
Similar to County Mayo during the
Twentieth Century, Europe will suffer
from the loss of its young
men and women.
"Our society and that of most of the
Western World is being progressively weakened. Where does the buck stop? There is an element of
missing, a deficit of knowledge at our Cabinet Table! It appears to be
to the long-term results of
actions that it takes.
"It is no great achievement to make money or be the best economy in the
world if it is built on the
a falling birth rate! This is pure base human behaviour and is an
insult to our
ancestors. We need to come up a few notches on the
intellectual plane and start using our ‘Use of Reason’.
"We will be caught in the
dangerous eddy as the great
Economies go into rapid decline, caused by the
hidden power of demographics and not any highly visible terrorist deed.
Discount the wealth of a
Nation, you get ZERO value! ceteris paribus.
"Money and investment will eventually flee a
whose birth rate continues to fall; this is only pure logic, but maybe
those people who are living above their
station! i.e. lacking pure handed down foundation principles of life
(Christian, Islamic or whatever)! The falling birth rate has severely
shifted the fundamentals
and undermined the growth
Capitalist Markets of the
World. There is a wall of ignorance out there
that is in all truthfulness very difficult to understand!
"The one area where we can have control is
fund managers only react when there
is an explosion or war, they
adequately read the
that lead to the explosion
The end result is that there
no reserves/resources left for the
hard working Irish person when the
economy goes into reverse"
And John sees evidence of the
"rip-off" culture emerging everywhere in Irish society. "Ireland
is being ripped off through higher prices charged by multi-national
e.g. insurance costs, high prices for pop concerts (Euro120 as against
on the continent for Paul
McCartney). cars, etc.
The Irish Race
"Western" in recent weeks we read of the
fall off in numbers attending primary school in the
general Ballintubber region of central Mayo with GAA officials
concern that the playing
set up by the hard work of
members and volunteers over the
years may end up being wasted because of long term projections. One
it would be hard to field a decent 7 a side team because of the fall-off in numbers.
Says John: It is time to ask the
question “where is the
going?” The teaching and practice of Roman Catholic Doctrine is the corner stone of modern Irishness
(here at home) is now forgotten in the
exploitation of our young twenty and thirty year olds by many people
"Our modern leaders from the
last quarter of the 20th
unfortunately presiding over the
horrendous job of shutting down the
cradle of production, of the
Stock on this planet"
rapid decrease in our birth rate, anthropologists will in two hundred
probably have to search in areas like Coventry,
Boston and Manchester
for traces of Irish genes. There is a huge problem looming on this
do not continue to wear blinkers!"
In last year's Mayo Yearbook. John Higgins said the things that many economists and
commentators are afraid to say because of this new evil of "political
correctness". He went straight to the
heart of the matter with
comments in relation to our falling birthrate.
"Our smartest women are sent out to prop up a
that is based on Unfettered Materialism. They don’t have time to have
This is the ultimate irony!
society and that of most of the
Western World is being progressively weakened."
"It appears from practical observance, that lack
religious values, spells a rapid deterioration in morals and subsequent
unstoppable petering out of a race. This takes place within a life span
to three generations for a democratic civilisation that sells practices
prohibit the most natural
outcome in Human Nature i.e. natural conception."
"The proponents of core Christianity are in the main, few in numbers. The Western World
become weak as a result. It is not that Islam is getting stronger. The
world problems are there;
element in the Islamic
recognises this inherent weakness, and hope to reap some advantage by
panic with terrorists deeds and will continue to do so"
"Unless we change our social doctrine, Western
Civilisation will be sitting ducks for opposing culture groupings
throughout the 21st
John Higgins believes that Irish politicians and
have been sleep-walking. And his conclusions are as frightening as they are dramatic.
"It has to be said that society, as we know it, is
almost unstoppable decline; we are on the
verge of losing our culture, beliefs all in the
name of individualism as opposed to what is best for the
community. This loss will not come from emigration, as in County Mayo’s
case, but from the fact
that they were never born!"
This article was circulated right up and down
to members of the Cabinet
ordinary people on our streets.
For a so called knowledgeable society, we have
built up many
Chinese Walls. It is time that our intelligentsia started thinking
outside the box that our
education system appears to have
molded them into.
And it goes on and on and on! We no longer have
families, but 60,000 of our youth emigrated last year. Our politicians
this is great. Who do they
to pay off our rapidly increasing Public Debt? Is there
anybody out there who is
joining the dots! You can
sweet life that the
Financial Buccaneers who operate from percentages are doing this; other peoples' "Panic without rational
thought" is their
natural friend: they do not
that the house of cards
tumbling down; they will
have their "pound of
UCD Economist Ahern is a half decade too late with
thoughts! Ironically, all of the
above would have been brought to the
notice of the Economics
of UCD with The Watcher
as the calling card.
From having the
most youthful country in the
is appearing increasingly likely that we will shortly have the oldest society; no one in Ireland
appears to be given it a