NOTE: On Saturday 23rd April, 2016, the eve of the centenary of the reading of the Proclamation of Irish Independence in 1916, our very own Peter Sutherland, read out the new and improved 2016 Proclamation Of The Irish Oligarchy outside the headquarters of the European Commission, on Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2. This wonderful event celebrating corporate power, took place at the end of the Ireland Against TTIP & CETA march. It is an effort by counter-revolutionary market forces to let these protesters know who is boss!! This glorious document signed by the likes of Goldman Sachs and the European Commission, is of course styled on the original 1916 Proclamation of Independence.
A spokesperson for global capital said: “This counter-revolutionary document has been drafted by market forces to celebrate the centenary of the failure of the Irish state to implement the ideals of the ideology of the 1916 Rising, and to celebrate our delight that we’ve only a few weeks to wait until the EU Council of Ministers votes to give the European Commission ‘Provisional Application Authority’ for the signing of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union”. “When the Council do our bidding, and 15 out of the 28 EU Member States’ foreign affairs ministers vote to give us ‘Provisional Application Authority’, the CETA will become binding international law without the necessity of the approval of the European Parliament.”
Background on Peter Sutherland: Peter is just the man to have read this out as he is: Ex-Attorney General of Ireland, ex-Chairman of AIB, ex-European Commissioner, former Chairman of Goldman Sachs, ex-chairman of BP, architect of the World Trade Organisation, former member of steering committee of the Bilderberg Group, ex-Chairman of the Trilateral Commission, ex-vice chairman of the European Round Table of Industrialists, and of course Honorary President of the European Movement Ireland.
Now let the peasants cheer: “All hail the Oligarchy, death to the Republic!”
2016 Proclamation of the Irish Oligarchy
TOMHALTÓIRÍ NA HÉIREANN*
THE PROVISIONAL APPLICATION AUTHORITY
OF THE IRISH OLIGARCHY
TO THE SERFS OF IRELAND**
IRISHMEN AND IRISHWOMEN : In the name of Money and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of servitude, Ireland, through us, summons her consumers to her logo and shops for her market freedom.
Having organised and trained her executives through her secret counter-revolutionary organisation, the Golden Circle Brotherhood, and through her open lobbying organisations, the Irish-American Chamber of Commerce, and the IBEC, having patiently perfected her discipline, having resolutely waited for the right moment to reveal itself, she now seizes that moment, and, supported by her Chamber of Commerce America and by gallant EFILA lobbyists in Europe, but relying in investor-state dispute settlement, she implements CETA provisional application in full confidence of victory.
We declare the right of the corporations to the ownership of Ireland, and to the fettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible. The century long usurpation of that right by a democratic republic experiment has not extinguished the right, nor can it ever be extinguished except by the destruction of the corporations. In recent generations the Irish people have asserted their right to national servitude and domination : seven times in the last 43 years they have asserted it in EU referendums. Standing on that fundamental right and asserting it in free trade agreements of the world, we hereby proclaim the Irish Oligarchy as a Subservient Indebted State, and we pledge your lives and the lives of our lobbyists-in-law to the cause of its servitude, of its impoverishment, and of its immiseration along with all the other nations.
Until our propaganda has brought the opportune moment for the establishment of a permanent Oligarchy, representative of the whole interests of the oligarchs of Ireland and chosen by the power of foreign capital, the Provisional Application Authority, hereby constituted, will administer the civil and commercial affairs of the Oligarchy in trust for the banks.
When the Council do our bidding, and 15 out of the 28 EU Member States’ foreign affairs ministers vote to give us ‘Provisional Application Authority’, the CETA will become binding international law without the necessity of the approval of the European Parliament.
The legal basis for this is Article 218(5) of EU law (TFEU) which states: “The Council, on a proposal by the negotiator, shall adopt a decision authorising the signing of the agreement and, if necessary, its provisional application before entry into force”. Thankfully there is no legal provision in the TFEU where the Parliament can block the Council from provisionally applying an international trade and investment deal; and of course as signing, provisionally applying and adopting CETA is an “exclusive competence” of the EU, Member State parliaments will not be able to stop us.
According to our EU Trade Commissioner it, “will ultimately be a decision for the Council, whether the agreement will be provisionally applied and what will be the scope of provisional application”. Remember, it is only “the negotiator”, i.e. the Commission, who can write up the text of the “proposal” about provisional application which the Council will have to vote on.
For the last part of our plan to work, it is essential that no one finds out: 1. what way the Irish and other Member State governments will vote on the “Provisional Application” of CETA; 2. what form of words the Commission will give the Council to vote on in their “proposal” for “Provisional Application” of CETA; and, 3. on what date will the Council of Minsters hold the vote to, (a) provisional apply CETA, and (b) to give the Commission authority for “the signing of” CETA. We’re created an air of confusion that it may be May 13th for the Council vote, but we’ll probably wait until after the Brexit vote and do it in late June 2016.
We are well aware that the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), or as we call it , the Investor Court System (ICS) of CETA is incompatible with EU law and will allow for-profit arbitrators in a private tribunal to overrule the decisions of the European Court of Justice, EU Directives and the awful European social democratic gains of the 20th century such as public services, workers’ rights, the precautionary principle and environmental protection.
We are also quietly confident that no Member State government, nor the European Parliament, will invoke Article 218(11) of the TFEU and ask the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for a ruling on the legality of ISDS/ICS. If that happened, we assume that the vote on the “provisional application” and the signing of CETA by the Council of Ministers would have to wait. We’ve made sure the Commission certainly aren’t going to delay things by asking the ECJ for a ruling on ISDS and as to whether we’re staying within the boundaries of liberal constitutional democracy. The great thing is, if we get the Council to vote for “provisional application” and then afterwards the Parliament votes to reject CETA, even of the Council then votes to remove provisional application, the ISDS component of CETA stays in place for three years. However, if both the Council and Parliament both vote for CETA, and then a few years down the road decide to vote to get out of the CETA, the ISDS component will stay in place for 20 years.
Only citizens taking to the street in mass simultaneous solidarity protests for democracy across all European cites on a weekly basis in the run up the Council’s vote can stop our obscure technocratic plan from slipping under the radar.