Irish City Hosting The G8 Summit Gets Fake Storefronts To Create Appearance Of Prosperity


Located in a region devastated by austerity and the global financial crisis, fascinatingly, Enniskillen will be turned into a movie-set-style simulation of a thriving town when global leaders pass through for the G8 Summit next month. Via PRI’s The World, Irish Times reporter Dan Keenan says:

These are basically empty shops that are being now made to look as if they are thriving businesses – what they’ve done is they have filled the shop front window with photographs in the windows of what was the business before it went bankrupt or closed. In other words, grocery shops, butcher shops, pharmacies, you name it. It’s an attempt 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.

This initiative is 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. The bulk of the cash and certainly the driving force behind the plans to tidy up the place, that’s all coming from London.

25 Comments on "Irish City Hosting The G8 Summit Gets Fake Storefronts To Create Appearance Of Prosperity"

  1. This seems like a sort of slap in the face to the Irish. And if I feel it here in the good Ole USA, and I’m not Irish in the least, the Irish will probably feel it that way too. Just my guess.

    • BuzzCoastin | Jun 1, 2013 at 8:01 pm |

      the British occupation of Irish territory
      is a bigger slap in the face to the Irish
      this is just a window dressing exercise for the Brits

      chief a halted cockney car with its quotal of Hardmuth’s hacks,
      a northern tory, a southern whig, an eastanglian chronicler and
      a landwester guardian) ranging from slips of young dublinos from Cutpurse Row
      having nothing better to do than walk about with their hands in their kneepants,
      sucking airwhackers, weedulicet, jumbobricks, side by side with truant officers,
      three woollen balls and poplin in search of a croust of pawn to busy professional gentlemen


  2. Liam_McGonagle | Jun 1, 2013 at 12:18 pm |

    This just gets to my point about the hopeless stupidity of the so-called ‘elites’ of the western world: Who the f*ck do they think they’re kidding?

    Do they really believe that the locals, people who likely have lived their their entire lives in the area, are gonna be fooled by a press-on decal plastered over an abandoned store front?

    Of course not. This is solely for the benefit of people who jet in for a couple of hours before hightailing it out again, i.e., and in other words, the conference participants themselves. Anyone who’s been in a town as tiny as Enniskillen for so much as a week is already depressingly aware of which buildings have been abandoned, for the simple fact that they walk past them every single freakin’ day.

    That’s right. The so-called economic elite are the only ones who are going to be fooled by a gag that even Wile E. Coyote eventually caught onto in the old ’50’s Warner Bros. cartoons.

    • alizardx | Jun 2, 2013 at 9:04 am |

      The elites are perfectly aware of the damage they have caused. The Potemkin Village is to be seen by the “responsible” news media covering the coverage who aren’t going to focus too closely on the storefronts or ask locals questions about this.

      • Liam_McGonagle | Jun 3, 2013 at 10:17 am |

        I liked–but with a reservation. It’s not that I think your idea is wrong, it’s that I think it’s incomplete.

        You may say that the bottom line is that consequences of their actions render these global elites constructively (i.e., ‘should have known’) responsible for their actions, even if such thoughts are not at the front of their minds. With this I can agree without reservation.

        But if you were to go on and to say that the ‘elites’ have a very full and cultivated sense of the suffering their actions have wrought, I would have to disagree very strongly. For decades I inhabited the social circles on the outer periphery of those ‘elites’, and I can promise you without fear of any contradiction by anyone who really knows them knows that ignorance plays at least as big a role in their beastliness as informed misanthropy.

        These people are not ‘gods’. They are simply dumb*sses who happened to fall over backwards into a situation that, through no fault of their own, perfectly conformed to their attributes and prejudices. In short, they won the Lotto, even if they claim to have ‘earned’ it.

        It bodes a particularly gruesome denoument that these cretins are spending their resources to delude themselves further rather than making the necessary course corrections to ensure a more stable transition to whatever will come next. Because something else will definitely come next. The only constant is change.

    • thisbliss | Jun 2, 2013 at 2:21 pm |

      The thing I don’t get though is that the bigwigs themselves are most likely gonna be flown in and outta the venue which is outside the actual town itself. So what is this all for? Protesting tourists? The entourages? World media?

      • Liam_McGonagle | Jun 3, 2013 at 10:28 am |

        As I hinted at a little in my response to alizardx, I think the purpose is two fold.

        To each other, the ‘elites’ tell each other that the purpose of this exercise is to ‘send the world the proper message’, ie ‘deceive an incompetent or complacent (complicit?) media’.

        But more interestingly to me, the ‘elite’ individual tells himself that “appearance is two thirds of the dance”, as the old Irish proverb goes. Realizing, on some very deeply suppressed level, that he is not in fact ‘elite’ because he is not actually capable of producing true societal prosperity at will through his policies, he has instead opted instead to merely re-define the problem. The problem, he now says to himself, is not that wealth is not widespread, but rather that wealth does not APPEAR to be widespread.

        I find that at once hysterically funny and profoundly sad. It’s one thing to be simply low on cash because you don’t have an opportunity to get it. It’s another altogether to plunge headlong into insanity because you are unwilling to admit you are not god.

        • thisbliss | Jun 3, 2013 at 1:11 pm |

          Yea the mind truly boggles at this strategy, if you cant have an actual functioning economy which promotes these places of business, instead of doing the hard work and investigating why not, do the next best – Draw on a shop! Reading your post I also got the feeling that there are overtones of magick at work here. While some of us will scorn or laugh at these shop fronts, I’ve actually heard conversations between Fermanagh people who while amused at the whole thing seem oblivious or uninterested in the wider con – “sure it brightens the town up a wee bit/takes the bad look off the buildings” – So yeah while no one actually thinks business is booming again, on a certain level this strategy will be having the desired effect – promoting a better feeling atmosphere in the area.

  3. Copper Cash | Jun 1, 2013 at 12:20 pm |

    It’s not that I don’t believe that a country host the G* would do this, but I’ve got a small question. How could David Cameron the Prime Minister of the U.K. have a say on what goes on in Ireland a separate country?

    • howiebledsoe | Jun 1, 2013 at 1:32 pm |

      I’m guessing this is in northern ireland, part of the UK.

    • Liam_McGonagle | Jun 1, 2013 at 1:36 pm |

      An understandable question.

      But Co. Fermanagh, and therefore the town of Enniskillen in which it lies, is technically a part of the political entity of ‘Northern Ireland’–not a constituent unit of the Republic of Ireland, but rather a component of the United Kingdom, of whose government Cam-moron is PM.

      Incompetence and disingenuineness seem part of the job description for politicians worldwide these days, so while I appreciate the historical importance of the question to these peoples’ self concept, I’m not sure precisely how much I give a sh*t any more.

      Maybe I would have a different point of view if I spent more time there, but really, nationalism seems to me just one more, albeit spectacularly effective, means of dodging the central issues.

  4. Google on the phrase “Potemkin village”.

  5. Anarchy Pony | Jun 1, 2013 at 1:13 pm |

    Just like most of the rest of the economy. It’s fake prosperity all the way down.

  6. How dare they have to look at the consequences of their actions… just make it look good so their elite minds aren’t troubled with the fact that there may be something wrong with the world.

  7. Adamas Macalz | Jun 1, 2013 at 4:42 pm |

    How dare they have to face the consequences of their actions… just make it look like everything is going great so their elite minds won’t be troubled with the thought that there may be something wrong with the world.

  8. I wonder if I can get an interview with the fake store front. The world needs to know!

  9. Equally interesting is the choice of a tiny backwater with low population. I’m guessing this will make it easier to spot ‘outsiders’ (ie: activists/press/freelance journalists) and shut them out or round them up. Second, a low population means the entire event will have to require outside handpicked troops and police to augment security…so no local yokels will spoil things by acting inside the boundaries of law or respecting basic human rights. This is likely to be a new hot trend for international and NGO gatherings that have a PR problem…pick some out of the way locale and flood it with your own personnel for a few days while easily controlling the influx of uninvited guests.

    • thisbliss | Jun 2, 2013 at 2:15 pm |

      Exactly, plus have you seen the hotel where they’re holding the whole shebang? Its practically an island. Easily secured, no way in hell a few protestors gonna ruin this back scratching ball

    • Ink Tonic | Jun 3, 2013 at 5:21 pm |

      It may be a small town but Northern Ireland is one of the most militarised and security conscious areas on the planet, won’t take much to mobilise the troops if anything goes tits up.

  10. Noah_Nine | Jun 1, 2013 at 6:38 pm |

    this seems very PKD to me….

  11. rumours that the people formerly employed by these premises have been told they have to spend 9 hours a day unpaid pretending to be shoppers or face having their benefits cut are so far unconfirmed.
    but probably true.

  12. matseffect | Jun 2, 2013 at 8:55 am |

    Its not a City, its not even close to a city.

    • Skillengal | Jun 4, 2013 at 6:49 am |

      It has a cathedral. In this part of the world, that makes it a city – not the size of the place. It’s not even the smallest such ‘city’ in Ireland.

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