¿Quién nos gobierna? Los parlamentos elegidos democráticamente por los ciudadanos o un politburó de economistas y banqueros denominados Bancos Centrales elegidos por no se sabe muy bien quién y que tienen otorgada la facultad de manipular a su discreción el precio del dinero, de los activos y poner de rodillas a cualquier gobierno y dictarle la política económica que debe seguir.
Esta es la carta secreta que Trichet, por entonces presidente del BCE, le envió en 2010 al ministro de economía irlandés y que hoy publica el Irish Times y que se resume en un: O bien solicitáis el rescate para salvar a vuestra banca y emprendéis las reformas que os digamos o os dejaremos caer.
Ahora quizás también podemos, en este contexto, el giro copernicano en política económica de ZP al que probablemente aterrizaron en un abrir y cerrar de ojos pasando del calamitoso pseudo keynesiano Plan E a la más estricta austeridad.
EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK Secret Jean-Claude TRICHET Mr Brian Lenihan Tnaiste and Minister of Finance Government Buildings Upper Merrion Street Dublin 2 Ireland Frankfurt, 19 November 2010 10/ 444 Dear Minister, As you are aware from my previous letter dated IS October, the provision of Emergency Liquidity Assistance (ELA) by the Central Bank of Ireland, as by any other national central bank of the Eurosystem, is closely monitored by the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) as it may interfere with the objectives and tasks of the Eurosystem and may contravene the prohibition of monetary financing. Therefore, whenever ELA is provided in significant mounts, the Governing Council needs to assess whether it is appropriate to impose Specifc conditions in order to protect the integrity of our monetary policy. In addition, in order to ensure compliance with the prohibition of monetary financing, it is essential to ensure that ELA recipient institutions continue to be solvent. As I indicated at the recent Eurogroup meeting, the exposure of the Eurosystem and of the Central Bank of Ireland vis a-vis Irish Financial institutions has risen signifcantly over the past few months to levels that we consider with great concern. Recent developments can only add to these concerns. As Patrick Honohan knows, the Governing Council has been asked yesterday to authorise new liquidity assistance which it did. But all these considerations have implications for the assessment of the solvency of the institutions which are currently receiving ELA. It is the position of the Governing Council that it is only if we receive in writing a commitment from the Irish Government vis a vis the Eurosystem on the four following points that we can authorise further provisions of ELA to Irish Financial institutions: 1) The Irish government shall send a request for financial support to the Eurogroup; 2) The request shall include the commitment to undertake decisive actions in the areas of fiscal consolidation, structural reforms and financial sector restructuring, in agreement with the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the ECB. 3) The plan for the restructuring of the Irish financial sector shall include the provision of the necessary capital to those Irish banks needing it and will be funded by the financial resources provided at the European and international level to the Irish government as well as by financial means currently available to the Irish government, including existing cash reserves of the Irish government; 4) The repayment of the funds provided in the form of ELA shall be fully guaranteed by the Irish Government, which would ensure the payment of immediate compensation to the Central Bank of Ireland in the event of missed payments on the side of the recipient institutions. I am sure that you are aware that a swift response is needed before markets open next week, as evidenced by recent market tensions which may further escalate, possibly in a disruptive way, if no concrete actionis taken by the Irish government on the points I mention above. Besides the issue of the provision of ELA, the Governing Council of the ECB is extremely concerned about the very large overall credit exposure of the Eurosystem towards the Irish banking system. The Governing Council constantly monitors the credit granted to the banking system not only in Ireland but in all euro area countries, and in particular the size of Eurosystem exposures to individual banks, the financial soundness of these banks and the collateral they provide to the Eurosystem. The assessment of the Governing Council on the appropriateness of the Eurosystem exposure to Irish banks will essentially depend on rapid and decisive progress in the formulation of a concrete action plan in the areas which have been mentioned in this letter and in its subsequent implementation. With kind regards.