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This is an attack on our democracy!

By
SHANE HEGARTY
Irish Times.com

PRESENT TENSE: IN 2004 Allied Irish Banks became embroiled in a furore when it was discovered to have overcharged foreign exchange customers to the tune of many millions.

At the time the figure was put at €14 million (it ended up costing the bank €65 million), and the initial number was enough to make it the lead story for most broadcasters and newspapers. There were rows in the Dáil. The bank’s then chief executive, Michael Buckley, neatly apologised by describing it as an “administrative cock-up”, as if someone had just crossed the wrong T.

On Monday Anglo Irish Bank revealed that its latest half-year losses amounted to roughly the same as it would cost to rent a black hole and throw the country into it. At the same time the bank admitted that it was beginning an internal investigation into the overcharging of customers by as much as €50 million.

A few years ago this would have been a lead story, a match to ignite the parliamentary hot air. This week? It was an addendum, an “and finally . . .”, just another pile of cash to throw on the green-tinged pyre. It seemed, in the grand scheme, almost inconsequential. After all, it would amount to a mere 164th of the total losses – or just over 0.6 per cent. It is a throwback to the days when we were faced with figures we could almost understand. But now it is a pittance. Sure, you’d pay that off in half a generation.

It is a reminder of just how vast the scale of the Anglo money pit now is. How mind boggling. Once again the media rightly spent a good deal of time trying to put the cost into some kind of context – how many space shuttles you could buy, that kind of thing – but there is an argument that no amount of analogies or graphics or football pitches full of imaginary money can ever truly get the scale across to the average brain.

There were figures this week that were comprehensible. Unemployment is at 450,000. In a country of four and a half million that’s a straightforward figure.

One in 20 mortgages is now in arrears; on any average street that can be grasped. One in eight of the workforce without jobs: it’s possible to think of these in personal terms, in groups of friends. You will know some of the people behind those statistics. You may be one of them.

But €8 billion or €25 billion? That’s way past fantasy statistics. It’s a riot of zeros. In fact, there has been occasional discussion about whether reports should always come trailing those zeros, so that the figures become comets burning across the pages. That way the reader would consistently be clobbered by €8,000,000,000 or €25,000,000,000.

But would that get it across any better than the analogies? Or the stats about Anglo’s half-year loss alone representing €2,000 for every woman, man and child in the State? (Which does, oddly, underplay it a little: many credit-card bills are bigger than that.)

We are told that we will be paying for it for the rest of our lives, and that our children will be paying for it too. But in one respect this is nothing new. We’ve been saddled with debt all our lives and are familiar with the idea of paying off sums over long periods of time, either on a national or a domestic scale. A lot of people left the boom with mortgages that will be with them throughout their journey from youth to retirement.

The irony of it, then, is that the head-spinning scale of the cost is so ungraspable that the pain can be appreciated only at the micro level. The Budget will act as a certain shock but will represent the wider hole we’ve found ourself in. A lost job or wiped-out shares will do it, obviously.

But it is tempting to suggest some way in which the particular, unprecedented national trauma inflicted on us by Anglo could be immediately conferred on every individual, so that we might all physically feel the pain of it rather than the dull shock and exhaustion; so that the weight of those zeros is tangible. Someone breaking into your house and stealing a few grand worth of goods. Or every child who sets up a bank account immediately incurring an overdraft of several thousand. Or Seán FitzPatrick just going from door to door with flapping albatrosses attached to millstones, and padlocking them around the neck of everyone, young and old, in the State

Comment:

What can I add that I haven’t said or posted in any one of my own 1500 articles in my blog, on this toxic toilet?
it is to early in the morning to get all worked up but that is exactly what has been happening every morning for the last 18 months. I think it is knowing precisely ,the scale of this fraud that is been perpetrated on us, by all of the people in power and the enormous scale of the debts that Clown and Lenihan have saddled each and every one of us with.
This is an attack on our democracy, our ability to provide for ourselves and our families, our hard won financial independence is now been robbed of us by the imposition of someone else’s massive debts
This fraud is been perpetrated be the very government that is supposed to protect the people and their families under the Irish constitution
The state is in fact robbing people the ability to provide for their own families by imposing the massive debts from corrupt and fraudulent banks and I maintain that the government do not under the constitution have the right to impose such debts on the citizens of Ireland without going to the citizens and having a referendum.
After all they are not only stealing from this generation but the next generation as well
I believe it is the duty of every Irish citizen to revolt against this unconstitutional and thus illegal measure the government has taken without the permission of the people
I do not believe this government, nor any government have the constitutional right to impose fraudulent and corrupt private bank debts on to mine or any other family in the state and I further believe I have the morel and legal right to try and stop them doing so in defence of our family’s financial well being
With this Anglo Bailout and the NAMA legislation we lose one of our fundamental rights guaranteed in the constitution (The protection of the family)
Depressingly we now know that this toxic toiler is spewing out its toxic poison (debts) all over the country like the BP oil disaster in the Gulf, only this is twice as bad and is going to cost us a lot more
Just think of that
At least the Americans were able to force BP to Pay up for their disaster but imagine the American President said that the Government were going to nationalize that oil wellhead and pay off all its debts as well as pay up for the cleanup and loss of business in the Gulf area It would never happen full stop
No the Yanks told BP shareholders you must pay up and no ifs or buts’
Here in Ireland Clown and Lenihan would have gown down on bended knees and kissed BP in the Ass
And nationalized their debts and probably begged them to continue running the show
With the losses announced by Anglo Irish Bank any normal person would have called it a day
When things are as bad as this all sane people would say enough is enough
We simply cannot continue to allow this blatant robbery of the Irish nation’s wealth
We cannot allow this or any other Government to rob us blind and saddle us with the debts of a private bank that is the play thing of the golden circle of this country.
This must be stopped at any cost and the guilty must be made accountable for their monstrous fraud!

Fine Gael ,talk is cheap!

Fine Gael today renewed its calls for the Government to revisit its plans to restructure Anglo Irish Bank and shut it down if saving it is not economically viable.
Finance spokesman Michael Noonan noted Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan said last year the cost to the taxpayer of saving Anglo would be €4.5 billion.
“The Minister’s estimate has now risen to almost € 25 billion and Standards and Poors, when evaluating Ireland’s creditworthiness last week, put the cost at €35 billion,” he said.
Mr Noonan said the uncertainty about the back is having serious consequences for the Irish economy, with borrowing costs rising and credit lines tighter.
He called on Mr Lenihan to conclude negotiations with the European Commission “as a matter of urgency” and state clearly what the plan for the bank is.
“He must produce an accurate and internationally acceptable estimate of the cost of the Anglo rescue to the taxpayer, and he must clearly show that his rescue plan is less costly than an orderly wind down of the bank would be,” he said. “If he cannot do this, than an orderly wind down should commence immediately.
He claimed the Green Party was in favour of such a course of action. “The Greens are wrong about most issues but they may be right on this one.”
source http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/0829/breaking34.html

Comment:

Here we have a an example of the Fine Gael riding to the rescue suddenly getting the words together to maybe call for the wind up of the Toxic Toilet Anglo Irish Bank ,when the Irish taxpayers have been robbed blind and nothing more can be done by Lenihan and the rest of the cr**** in the Government
Even now Fine Gael still cannot come down on one side or another the facts are, the big con artists
Of Anglo Irish Bank have long gotten their booty to safe shores and Mr. Kenny does seem to be well use to the plush green Fairways of the K club.
The developers have by now gotten all of their choice assets on the a family members name and can declare that there are” Broke” even though they are still apparently well able to fork our 1500 Euros per plate at “special dinners”
“Have no fear Kenny is here” Is not a cry you will be hearing from the trampled down populous anytime soon!
Fine Gael is coming up behind sometime soon when the coast is clear, is more like the type of phrase you will here
Instead of a well organized opposition we have a bunch of on the make it up as you go long’s
The success of Fianna Fail in pushing through the largest fraud in Irish history (NAMA) on to the taxpayers of this state is directly linked to the incompetence of the opposition parties and that is no badge of honour Mr. Noonan, nor should it be rewarded by the citizens of Ireland in the next general election
Fine Gael has failed miserable in their job as the largest opposition party!
How in God’s name do they even think that they will be allowed to lead the next government by the bewildered taxpayers of this country?
Do they think we are fools?
Do they expect to just walk into the Dail and carry on with the same political musical chairs system we have had for the last 80 years
No lads we the people have had enough of this gravy train for incompetent fools and it doesn’t matter what party you call yourself lads!

Conclusion: Fine Gael Talk is cheap

Unemployment and a corrupt politicial system

“Fairness for the small self-employed employers”

All of our problems stem from the same point!
Unemployment ,and the continuing loss of jobs are the government’s biggest failure.
It is well-known that over 80% of the jobs still available come from small business.
These small business are overwhelmed with red tape, taxes, and idiotic restrictions .
The government have done nothing to aid this small business to survive this rescission because none of them know anything about small businesses. The bank bailouts  have soaked up all of the funds the government might otherwise had to support these real supporters of the economy
Instead of helping the current government have done exactly the opposite by raising new stealth taxes and charges at the expense of the small business in favour  of the multi nationals (ESB Charges) (VAT hikes)
In fact not only are they not helping they are actively hurting small businesses with their bank bailout policies by robbing the life blood of credit to these small business .

Every Euro you take from a small business in taxes is a Euro that can’t be paid out in wages.
Instead of kneeling down before the multi nationals get you finger out and stop strangling the guy that gets up every morning and helps other citizens to hold down a job that in turn
Helps him to consume the products of other small business and safeguards local jobs
There will be no support in the property sector if ordinary citizens don’t have confidence in the wider economy or in the people who are supposed to be running the economy and as of now ordinary citizens have lost all confidence in the government’s ability to run the economy .

More worrying the constant televising by the established opposition political parties
About their plans to divide up the various ministries when they get into Government buildings is nothing short of sheer arrogance on their part .

We the citizens do not want business as usual with the existing musical chairs political system
The opposition have not displayed any of the characteristics needed for a radical approach to reversing the disastrous situation the economy is now in, nor have they displayed any real opposition to the governments handling of the crises.
Why?
Because they are themselves career politicians feeding from the same corrupt self-preservation system that they have grown up with all their political lives. Their political parties stamp out every last drop of independent thinking  these TD,s have.

They become addicted to the dictates of the leadership and their sole purpose in life from then on  is to become the leader of the party and so become the leader of their own administration. Citizens problems are soon forgotten and in time their own self-indulgence of their own importance becomes overwhelming .

They are totally reliant on the same civil servants that the current government is reliant on
The same people who will be advising the next batch of public servants whose loyalty is to the current corrupt system .

Remember they are not all fired when a new government is elected into office they stay put !

so they need to be constantly retrained and up skilled to meet the need of a modern economy

We need to get new people into the Dail with a mandate to totally revamp the system by giving back to the citizens the right to fire any servants of the people anytime and not have to wait for 5 years

Under such a system Ivor Callely would be gone a long time ago and without a pension and a lot of his fellow leaches would have joined him
Please support change (promise yourself that) by not voting for any of the current TD, s in the Dail otherwise we only end up with the same incompetence that has destroyed our country
We must break the mould that is sucking us dry

Wicklow Times gives us a mention

 

We recently crossed over the 36,000 visitors mark and for the first time we also got a mention in the local paper the Wicklow Times click here Document (9)

They picked up on my article on the Local TD’s expenses.

Last Year we had a Darby and here is the link http://thepressnet.com/2009/09/01/wicklow-td%e2%80%99s-are-big-spenders/

My thanks to all who drop by on a Daly basis , contribute and encourage me .Independent news and opinions  are a vital ingredient of Democracy ,and we must guard these fundamental rights we all have .

We also have the right to call to account those that are put in places of power be it local or national

remember we the people are the paymasters and they are supposed to be working for US the general public .We must get used to asking the real questions .for example Wicklow Town has now approx 2000 unemployed ,so what have the Local elected TD’s done to get even one person a job

What new funds or what job creation measures have been provided in the last 17 months

I can answer you NONE!

Don’t promise you votes to someone just because there a nice Man/Woman

We need new faces and new ideas; nothing will change if the same old policies are kept

 We need Action on Jobs and not hot air and empty promises

Billions have been squandered in toxic Banks (NAMA)

Jobs have been created for top managers, accountants and solicitors (people in the right circles)

The rest of us are dumped and forgotten!

Stand up and fight back! 

  Demand up-skilling ,re-education and universal health care for all

 Demand answers and accountability!

Gilmore criticises Govt economic policies

RTE news reports

Sunday, 16 May 2010 12:30

The Labour Party leader has strongly criticised the Government’s economic policies, accusing the Taoiseach of standing idly by while the economy was taken over by speculators.

Eamon Gilmore was speaking at Arbour Hill in Dublin at the annual James Connolly Commemoration.

He said Taoiseach Brian Cowen is now attempting to rewrite history by whitewashing the past, which he said is a ‘shameful exercise’.

Mr Gilmore also said Fianna Fáil had betrayed the people of Ireland.

He said the National Asset Management Agency is a scheme designed by the golden circle, for the golden circle and delivered in ‘shiny packaging by Fianna Fáil.’

SIPTU General President Jack O’Connor also used the occasion to criticise the Government’s handling of the economy.

Mr O’Connor said the economic crisis has meant sacrifices have to be made by all sections of society, but that no-one should confuse social responsibility with a lack of will to fight.

He said such a fight must be well-informed, strategic and organised. He said public service unions are currently in discussions over what kind of strategy to employ to confront ‘the great challenge of our time’.

Mr O’Connor also described the 1997 Fianna Fáil-Progressive Democrat coalition as a ‘swarm of locusts’ who ‘destroyed any potential for a stable economy’.

He said the ‘swashbuckling winner takes all’ economic model has run its course


Story from RTÉ News:
http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0516/economy.html

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