Fake Potemkin-Shops in Ireland for G8-Leaders' Mimimi

Die Potemkinschen Dörfer wurden der Sage nach von Grigori Potjomkin errichtet, damit seine große Liebe, die russische Zarin Katharina II., nicht durch die verwüstete, frisch eroberte Krim latschen musste. Also malte der olle Grigori einen Haufen Latten bunt an und spielte seinem Gschmusi vor, dass alles total supi sei. Und genau dasselbe machen sie jetzt in Irland beim G8-Gipfel, damit das von der Finanzkrise marode gemachte Irland die Befindlichkeiten der Präsidenten und Kanzler nicht tangiert und die in ihrem „Fünf-Sterne-Golfhotel am Ufer des Lough Erne (irisch Loch Éirne) im County Fermanagh, Nordirland“ weiterhin sorgenfrei Sekt saufen und Kuchen fressen können.

Ich weiß nicht mehr, wer's gesagt hat, aber ein Zitat geht so oder so ähnlich: „This isn't Capitalism, this is Feudalism.“

Local councils in Northern Ireland have painted fake shop fronts and covered derelict buildings with huge billboards to hide the economic hardship being felt in towns and villages near the golf resort where G8 leaders will meet this month.

Northern Ireland's government has spent £2m (€2.3m) tackling dereliction over the past two years, the environment department said.
Some buildings have been demolished and others have been given a facelift in an attempt to make areas more attractive. Almost a quarter of "dereliction funds" were freed up for local councillors in Co Fermanagh in anticipation of Britain hosting the annual Group of Eight leaders’ summit there on 17-18 June.

More than 100 properties have been spruced up. In the one-street town of Belcoo, the changes are merely cosmetic. At a former butcher's shop, stickers applied to the windows show a packed meat counter and give the impression that business is booming. Across the street, another empty unit has been given a makeover to look like a thriving office supply shop. Locals are unimpressed.

Fake shop fronts used to make towns seem neater for G8 (via Dangerous Minds)