Ben was interviewed today by Sean Lawlor of Phoenix FM. Sean took an interest in People For Economic Justice when the video Constitution Halts Sheriff went viral on the internet earlier this year. Over the course of the interview Sean and Ben discuss the grossly inappropriate behaviour by KPMG. They discuss The National Lottery’s apparent lack of concern regarding this behaviour. They discuss the banking crisis in general. They discuss mortgage arrears and those dealing with them.
Also discussed is Direct Democracy Ireland. Direct Democracy is a political policy that allows citizens of an applicable country to call for a referendum at any time, on any topic, by simply gathering enough signatures of citizens who wish to see such a referendum commence. This was a power granted to the Irish people in the first version of the Irish Constitution: Bunreacht Na hÉireann. This was removed from the Constitution (without a referendum) in the early years of the Irish Freestate. It is currently operated in Switzerland to great effect.
The Interview With Phoenix FM
We would like to thank Sean and Phoenix FM for his interest, professionalism and for his helping to spread People For Economic Justice’s message. It is a pity KPMG and The National Lottery opted not to comment on the topic on air. Phoenix FM attempted to contact both at the same time as he contacted People For Economic Justice. They received a very short response from The National Lottery:
Hi Sean, Many thanks for your email. The National Lottery will not be commenting on this matter. Kind regards, Eleanor
Eleanor did not give her title or position so we are uncertain as to what department of The National Lottery she represents. KPMG declined to respond.
Source: Phoenix FM, Listen to more of their interviewshere.
Today we take a look at a talk held by Ben Gilroy, the rest of People For Economic Justice, Ray Whitehead, and Direct Democracy Ireland. The talk in Wicklow was split into three main speakers, Ben Gilroy, Ray Whitehead and Clare Leonard. We will discuss the topics covered in each video in more detail, after each video.
Part One of the Talk in Wicklow
In part one of the Talk In Wicklow, Ben jumps straight into the corruption of the banking sector in Ireland, as well as the political spectrum itself. He covers the claims of the Irish government that they did not know who the bank bondholders were, which People For Economic Justice famously proved wrong on Tonight With Vincent Browne. Ben also discusses a very important topic called Direct Democracy. Direct Democracy is a relatively simple political process, that was a part of the original 1922 Bunreacht Na hEireann, and was removed in the revised 1937 constitution. In this system, any citizen can bring about a referendum on any given topic, provided they can gather a predetermined amount of signatures in support of the issue’s being raised to a referendum. In the original wording of the constitution that number was 75,000. If this system had been in place at 2008, and a bailout of unguaranteed bondholders had been announced, how long would it have taken to gather that number of signatures and what would have been the result of that referendum? We at People For Economic Justice don’t feel it would have taken more than an afternoon.
Part Two of the Talk in Wicklow
This segment covers the history of Direct Democracy, and the actual efforts being put in to get it back. Getting it back is the key element in the new political party, as most people don’t even realise that Ireland had it in the first place.
Part Three of the Talk in Wicklow
The third video is a somewhat harrowing outlook on the current state of the economy, but with some good suggestions going forward at the end.
On Tuesday the 27th of March, Ben Gilroy, John Squires and People for Economic Justice served a summons on the office of the Taoiseach to answer charges of illegal activity over the bank bailout. People For Economic Justice state that the bailout is illegal under Bunreacht Na hEireann, the Irish Constitution, and is also illegal under international law.
An injunction was applied for to prevent the payment of a €3.1 billion to the Anglo Irish Bank bond holders due to be paid this Saturday 31st March 2012. The judge has given two weeks for the State to respond.
Please support Ben Gilroy, John Squires and People for Economic Justice in any way you can. The economic situation in Ireland has been caused by illegal activity. Those responsible must be held responsible, and the payments must be stopped. Fine Gael were elected on the promise of stopping this madness but have not done so.
Watch Ben Gilroy’s Announcement below
How far can this just cause go in the courts? Who knows. The case has to content with the fact that the defendant is the direct employer of every judge and civil servant that works on and against it. It is far better to fight for an inch, than to let this corrupt system continue to take miles however. This odious debt will fall at our children’s feet if we do something about it. Under United Nations law an odious debt, take on by a corrupt regime that has since been removed, can not fall on the people under which that regime ruled following their removal. That is undoubtedly the case in Ireland.
One important point to remember regarding this case, is that People For Economic Justice are not suing the Taoiseach or even the Government. They are suing the Office of the Taoiseach. This allowed the case to progress even if (or more likely when) Enda Kenny is no longer serving as Taoiseach, the case can progress unabated.