Today is Good Friday, the day Judas Iscariot sold out Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. Now we have a latter day Judas who’s selling out ‘his’ country for the inflation-adjusted equivalent of the thirty pieces. I’ll explain. But first let me ask you a question. Which Irish Minister would be likeliest to propose an incentive scheme for encouraging business innovation? Surely the answer would be the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation? Or less likely perhaps, the one responsible for Foreign Affairs and Trade? What about the Minister of State for Small Business, or the Minister of State for Trade and Development, or the Minister of State for Research and Innovation?
Any of these would seem to be perfect matches.
Now who would you see as the Minister least likely to propose such a scheme? Hmmmm…..Well, the one with responsibility for arts and the Irish language would be an obvious one. Or even more bizarre the Minister for Justice and Defense. Stuff and nonsense, you’d say. And you’d be correct…. in a country where politicians work (kind of) for the benefit of their country, not set out actively to destroy it. But we’re talking about Ireland here, and a very special Minister. A minister who’s very aggrieved with Ireland because we only sent tens of thousands of volunteers to fight Hitler. We should have done more. We should be ashamed. We need to do penance. Even after all those years.
The Irish Examiner tells us “Justice Minister Alan Shatter has secured approval for two major immigration initiatives aimed at facilitating migrant entrepreneurs and investors from outside of the European Economic Area. The initiatives are designed to accommodate those who, in return for permission to reside in the state, are prepared to invest here to save or create jobs. The second scheme is called the Start Up Entrepreneur Programme. Under this scheme, any individual from outside the EU, with € 70,000 will be given residency to either set up a business here, or perhaps to buy out an existing Irish owned business.”
Yup, you read that right. For the price of a modest shipment of heroin from Nigeria or a child bride from Pakistan you can enter and settle down in Ireland, availing of all our free educational and health services. Here’s the exact wording. “The Start-up Entrepreneur Programme provides that migrants with a good business idea in the innovation economy and funding of €70k can be given residency in this State for the purposes of developing their business. No initial job creation targets will be set as it is recognised that such businesses can take some time to get off the ground.”
Did you get the last bit? “No initial job creation targets will be set as it is recognised that such businesses can take some time to get off the ground.” Boy, Alan is really making it unattractive, isn't he? And I might add that the requirement to "be of good character", a key criterion of the old Business Permission visa, has been omitted completely from this latest wheeze. Obviously Shatter isn’t too keen on people of good character. The Examiner goes on Minister Shatter concluded the introduction by saying “Immigration systems can assist in job creation and we need to think of migrants not just as workers but as people who can create employment for others”.
Irish Savant adds “and can dilute the native gene pool, undermine existing social structures, further reduce Irish control over the economy and make us fair game for any malevolent power that wishes to control and exploit us”.
Needless to say, the MSM in Ireland have given the initiative a warm and fuzzy welcome. All these dynamic, colourful, vibrant Nigerians and Somalis that will add so much to our cultural and economic future. But not everyone is happy, as blogs such a politics.ie make clear. Here’s one comment “This practically screams, come here, buy a lease on an corner shop, bring your family and 5 kids, don't worry, we'll educate them for free! (probably costing about 70 grand per annum....)”.
Here’s another. “what that will amount to is leasing a shop or fast food outlet and, as there does not appear to be any restriction on the number of family members who will be granted residence we could (and probably will) end up with large families, none of whom speak English, offering nothing to the Irish economy but at the same time putting a strain on our already crumbling health and educational systems.”
Some people might ask why, if our Government is so anxious to provide opportunities for those with "a good business idea in the innovation economy" why don’t they force the banks to finance ideas of this nature proposed by those already legally resident here? But that would upset the main objective as well as spoiling the opportunities for shyster immigration lawyers (Gallagher Shatter Solicitors anyone??). I can see it all now. 'Certifying' that some family has assets of 70K to invest. Whereupon within two weeks of scurrying through the immigration system ‘certifying’ the money was ripped off by persons unknown and can they now please have a flat and the dole.
And woe betide the unfortunate official who might refuse such a claim. He’ll be immediately pounced on and denounced by the myriad of taxpayer-funded immigration industry quangos and their shills in the MSM.
I referred earlier to the largely negative reaction outside the MSM. That’s good. But only partially so. You see, the overwhelming majority call the idea ‘stupid’. But it’s not stupid at all. Not if you understand the real objective of this business innovation programme from the Minister for Justice and Defense. If you did understand you'd then realise just how clever and insidious it is. He’s doing to Ireland what his co-ethnic Jack Straw did to Britain under the Blair regime. He’s doing to Ireland what his co-ethnics are doing today in Sweden, Germany and countless other white countries.
It's not stupid at all. It's we who are the stupid ones.