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Sun Jun 16, 2013, 06:58 PM

Fake storefronts prepared for G8

With G8 soon to start, thought it would be timely to post this:


Suffering Under Austerity, Northern Ireland Puts Up Fake Storefronts For G8 Summit


http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/05/31/2086711/suffering-under-austerity-northern-ireland-puts-up-fake-storefronts-for-g8-summit/?mobile=wt



When leaders of the world’s eight largest economies convene in Northern Ireland next month for a summit of the G8, they’ll be surrounded by fictitious prosperity. As the Irish Times’ Dan Keenan explained to Public Radio International on Wednesday, the town of Enniskillen is erecting facades over vacant storefronts to simulate active businesses in a place Keenan says “has suffered terribly as a result of the credit crisis and the resulting recession.”


In all, Keenan reported in the Times, “More than 100 properties within range of the sumptuous Lough Erne resort which hosts the world’s wealthiest leaders, have been tidied up, painted or power-hosed.” The effort covers up the grimmer reality of a place more vulnerable to austerity than much of the rest of the United Kingdom, where child poverty is substantially higher than in the rest of the country. After three years of harmful austerity under Prime Minister David Cameron, the G8 summit will be the first shot of stimulus County Fermanagh’s economy has received in a long time. The Toronto Star puts the hoped-for spending injection at just under $60 million U.S., but notes that Toronto’s experience hosting a G20 summit in 2010 cost many times that much, and left “scars” on the city.



http://www.theworld.org/2013/05/northern-ireland-town-fakes-prosperity-for-g8-summit/


Dan Keenan: These are basically empty shops that are being now made to look as if they are thriving businesses, and they’ve done that in a very clever fashion indeed.

Werman: How do they do it?

Keenan: What they’ve done is they have filled the shop front window with a picture of what was the business before it went bankrupt or closed. In other words, grocery shops, butcher shops, pharmacies, you name it, they have placed large photographs in the windows that if you were driving past and glanced out the window, it would look as if this was a thriving business. It’s an attempt really by the local authority to make the place look as positive as possible for the visiting G8 leaders and their entourages, and it’s really tried to put a mask on a recession that has really hit this part of Ireland really very badly indeed.

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Keenan: This is one big initiative really stemming from the Foreign Office in London. This is David Cameron’s gig. It’s his invitation, it’s his decision to host the G8 in County Fermanagh, which is, don’t forget, part of the United Kingdom. It’s also on the island of Ireland, it’s in Northern Ireland, but he will be the hosting head of government and it’s his say so. Much of the money that has been spent in and around the host town of Enniskillen, about more than £300,000 worth, that’s getting on from half a million dollars, the bulk of the cash and certainly the driving force behind the plans to tidy up the place, that’s all coming from London.


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suffragette Jun 2013 OP
Benton D Struckcheon Jun 2013 #1
Catherina Jun 2013 #8
suffragette Jun 2013 #10
Catherina Jun 2013 #2
Posteritatis Jun 2013 #3
dixiegrrrrl Jun 2013 #5
suffragette Jun 2013 #11
msongs Jun 2013 #4
suffragette Jun 2013 #12
Earth_First Jun 2013 #6
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Catherina Jun 2013 #7
suffragette Jun 2013 #13
Fumesucker Jun 2013 #9
suffragette Jun 2013 #16
Generic Other Jun 2013 #14
suffragette Jun 2013 #15

Response to suffragette (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2013, 07:12 PM

1. Still the best comment on this

Saw this a few weeks ago, posted it here:

looks great from the limo

This being postmodern potemkinism, the local peasantry hope that the coverage all this is getting will be such that the news gets through to the leaders, so as they whizz through the town they will know the real story; and their hearts will be touched. My bet is they go another route, excpet Putin, who'll sit there laughing like a drain..."very funny, Mr Cameron...may I call you Grigory?"

Well, we've got the village. Will we ever have the mutiny?


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Response to Benton D Struckcheon (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 16, 2013, 07:36 PM

8. +1 "looks great from the limo " n/t

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Response to Benton D Struckcheon (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 16, 2013, 07:47 PM

10. That is an apt comment

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Response to suffragette (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2013, 07:14 PM

2. What next? Fake food for the citizens? This really galls me n/t

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Response to Catherina (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 16, 2013, 07:15 PM

3. Why stop there? Just go right to fake citizens. (nt)

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Response to Catherina (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 16, 2013, 07:24 PM

5. Sure feels like North Korea....

and it IS what Communist China did, back in the day.

This week's VICE program ( after Real Time, on HBO) showed the Harlem Globtrotters in North Korea, and the same trickery was going on. Catch the show, if you can, to see the erstaz PR the North Koreans did.

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Response to Catherina (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 16, 2013, 07:53 PM

11. The results of austerity disguised to look like prosperity

Can't have the real pain of these policies on view during their visit.
And when they're gone, it will probably be left to peel away and the people will be left with shreds over still empty stores.

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Response to suffragette (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2013, 07:17 PM

4. corporate criminals who attend g8 don't care about the surroundings nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #4)

Sun Jun 16, 2013, 07:55 PM

12. Reminds me of when Bush did his setup for the presses after Katrina

With equipment brought in for show only to be removed after he finished speaking.

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Response to suffragette (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2013, 07:27 PM

6. Watch out for the internet cafes...

Jus sayin'

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #6)

Sun Jun 16, 2013, 07:36 PM

7. !

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #6)

Sun Jun 16, 2013, 07:56 PM

13. Good one!

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Response to suffragette (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2013, 07:45 PM

9. "Power hosed"? Oh yes, yes indeedy do

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #9)

Sun Jun 16, 2013, 09:12 PM

16. The oddest ones were the pictures slapped on the storefront, one with a picture of a shopkeeper

Fake business with a fake worker with a fake job.

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Response to suffragette (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2013, 07:59 PM

14. Queen Anne Front

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Response to Generic Other (Reply #14)

Sun Jun 16, 2013, 08:06 PM

15. Oh my, I didn't expect the ending on that song

But it does fit.

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