AS you're aware, "Paddy likes to know the story". It was Enda Kenny who told us that. When he was first elected, he used that slightly odd phrase to say that Irish people like to know what's going on. As, indeed, we do. It's a human trait, not just a Paddy thing. And it's supposed to be part of democracy.
Enda, in his patronising way, was promising to keep us Paddies informed. He would preside over an open, transparent Government. Because, you see, Paddy likes to know the story.
Well, done, Enda. Here's something this Paddy would like to know: what were you smoking just before you said that?
It's not that the Kenny/Gilmore regime is any more secretive than the Cowen shower. Or the Ahern crowd. But only someone operating under the influence of mind-bending drugs could even begin to imagine that this is a Government with any intention of keeping the citizens informed about anything.
There's no shortage of examples. We're paying billions to bondholders whose identity is kept secret. Government advisers receive immense salaries, without explanation as to why the advice of these unremarkable people is worth a not-so-small fortune.
Cuts are made that destroy lives, while the rich are hardly aware there's a recession. Even though this policy hasn't a fragment of moral justification, it would help to know the practical reasons why Enda holds it dear.
When we ask why failed gamblers, bondholders, are paid winnings, we're told we must pay "our debts". When we say these are not our debts, we get no answer.
When we ask questions about the ruinous and failed policy of austerity, the only rationale we're given is that it will "restore confidence" to the markets.
When we point out that the evidence shows this is blatantly not so, there's nothing, no answer.
Election promises are not only broken but denied
-- until a recording is released of the promise being made. An unpopular minister, Phil Hogan, was simply warehoused for the duration of the referendum campaign. The Taoiseach gives blatantly silly reasons for refusing to engage in debate or real interviews.
And his party? Well, they take another drag on whatever they're smoking and drawl: "Hey, man, we're cool with that -- dude's a nice guy, right?"
Listening to Eamon Gilmore explain to the Dail his understanding of the Spanish crisis and its consequences for us, I put away my pen. There's nothing there. Gilmore has become used to mouthing whatever assemblage of words will get him through whatever occasion he must endure.
Read what he says, then measure it against reality. There's nothing there. Just a man with enough wind in his lungs to activate his vocal tract, to make whatever sound he thinks appropriate to the occasion.
Want us to vote for the Lisbon Treaty? Say it's about jobs. The Fiscal Treaty? Say it's about jobs. If they wanted a mandate for the forced sterilisation of everyone over 15 years of age they'd tell us it was for Jobs, Stability, Investment.
Sell the bank guarantee as being "the cheapest banking bailout in history" -- even though it is by far the most expensive. Sell Nama as a way to "get credit moving", although it's no such thing.
Kenny replaces Cowen, seamlessly implementing the policies that he and his party once condemned.
There's no connection whatever between what's happening and what the political establishment says.
Now, this would be a pity at any time. But right now, we're going through one of the most significant periods in this nation's history. It's not just that it would be courteous of Enda to keep us informed. The thing about democracy is that it doesn't work if the citizens are kept in the dark. Openness brings the people in behind the policies of the Government -- or it gives them the information they need to intelligently reject those policies.
Without transparent debate, everyone wonders if there's a fast one being pulled and they act accordingly. This applies to the citizens, to outside agencies, such as the IMF, and to the sainted markets.
It's amazing that so many alleged democrats don't understand this. It's harmful that so many professed democrats act like, at best, benign dictators. Whether the EU or Enda, they slip their policies past the people under false flags.
In what this newspaper called a "fearful act of acquiescence", we voted the Fiscal Treaty into our Constitution.
It was juvenile stuff.
Didn't Enda know that Michael Martin would immediately ask: "Will he indicate exactly what he requested of the chancellor during that particular conversation and her response to him on the bank debt issue?"
Enda yapped, making noises without answering the question.
Martin: "I asked the Taoiseach a very simple question: what did Chancellor Merkel say to him?"
Mattie McGrath asked: "Cad a duirt si?"
Enda said he'd also spoken to "the Spanish prime minister, the president of France, the Italian prime minister, the president of the European Council and the president of the European Commission". He told them "the outcome of the referendum".
Gerry Adams: "I wish the Taoiseach well with all of his telephone calls, but he did not tell us what those he telephoned stated to him."
Enda puffed some wind through his vocal tract and some more waffle emerged.
You want to know what Merkel said? I'll tell you.
For all the hushing up, we've no problem reading these people. And everyone knows that if we had a verbatim transcript we'd find it pretty much matches the following.
"Hello, it's me, Frau Merkel, I..."
"Ach, mein Gott, es ist der Dummkopf."
"Great news, your highness, we..."
"I know. You passed the Fiscal Treaty. We have radio here, Paddy."
"Well, I was wondering..."
Enda then went to a press conference and told us: "Without going into technicalities, yes, I did raise directly the issue with the chancellor."
Which, in an odd kind of a way, was true.
The policy of national servility may well pay off. At some stage, our EU overlords may decide that Irish bankruptcy would hurt their project and they'll arrange a partial dig-out. That will keep us solvent enough to keep paying other people's debts for a generation.
Meanwhile, the false-flag policies alienate citizens across Europe. No one knows where this is going, but it smells bad.
Paddy likes to know the story. So do Fritz, Helga, Bryn, Pierre and Deborah. The false-flag policies marginalise the citizenry, create fears and suspicions, and open the door to all sorts of Benitos and Adolfs.
Having forgotten the economic lessons of the Thirties, our leaders are now ignoring the political lessons.