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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!

John Drennan of the sunday independant on Calley

No amount of houses, yachts or portraits would ever fill Callely’s desire to be noticed,
writes John Drennan

He may now be more famous than Brian Cowen, but the strangest thing about the summer phenomenon of 2010 is that we know so little about the secret soul of Senator Ivor Callely.
We know Callely is a one-man poster boy for the venal cupidity of a political system, but what was it within Ivor that led to his current desolate state where he is poised to experience the rare ignominy of being expelled from the eternally forgiving Fianna Fail family?
It was a little bubble world in which Callely once could dream of full cabinet ranking and, if the fortune-teller in his childhood was right, maybe even the Presidency.
Sean Haughey may have taken Haughey peer’s seat in Dublin North Central, but, as the old dears squawked approvingly about that “young Ivan (sic) Callely”, Ivor believed he was the constituency boss and the real spiritual heir to Haughey. The dreaded days when a braying posse of supporters would crowd into the Dail bar in a fug of cheap cologne and dear suits are gone, for Ivor is no longer a political thug in a pink shirt knocking at the doors of the Cabinet.
One of the unwritten rules of Irish politics is that if you remain within the sanctuary of the Dail club even if you get into trouble nothing too bad can happen to you. But, if you sin sufficiently to be cast adrift, then you are in a world of trouble.
It is no wonder, therefore, that Ivor is not looking so chipper these days, for even his own are praying that this grotesque drama can quickly be brought to conclusion.
When other black sheep have arrived back to the Dail bar after their travails, they have been greeted with a great throaty roar that could be heard in the corridors.
In contrast, Callely has no one to advocate for him, or to even smile when this political ghost returns to Leinster House.
Some would say that Ivor is where he is now because he is simply stupid.
It certainly takes a special sort of idiot to be sacked as a junior minister, but his tragic flaw is deeper.
It would be excessively cruel to claim Ivor does not have a soul, but he does suffer from the toxic combination of a monstrous ego and a complete lack of emotional intelligence.
The most intriguing feature of the life of Ivor Callely is that there is no record in the secret oral histories that all TDs and senators have about their colleagues of a single act of generosity or kindness.
Though he was a political Rain Man who was only interested in Ivor, Mr Callely had his political role models. Bertie, in one of his incarnations as a municipal socialist, spoke famously about how he never wanted islands or yachts or any of that stuff.
But, while Ivor wanted the lot, there was a critical difference between him and Haughey.
With Haughey the yachts and the rest were trappings, for what really drove the former Taoiseach was a complex series of desires incorporating genuine patriotism and, of course, his own personal aggrandisement.
Ivor, however, had no real reason for being in politics beyond the desire for personal glory.
In that respect, he really was, in political terms, a boy without a soul.
The problem with the monstrous ego which fuelled the career of Callely wasn’t just that no amount of statues, houses, yachts or portraits would ever fill his desire to be noticed. The consequent absence of emotional intelligence meant that when the inevitable great fall arrived he was without a single friend.
We should be careful not to turn Ivor into a mythological figure, for Ivor Callely is a greedy, self-centred fool. Rather like his suits, he was one of the more lurid examples of how Fianna Fail betrayed the principles of the Republic, and itself, out of greed.
Even in the good times, his self-obsession meant that even in this most clubbable of places Ivor was always alone.
But now, at this nadir, Fianna Fail’s new Guy Fawkes is most assuredly on his own. And though he is an unlovely creature it is still a cruel, if deserved, place in which he now finds himself.
– John Drennan
Sunday Independent

Comment
Well, what can I an ordinary Joe soap add to this excellent summation of the current mêlées that has befallen Mr.Ivor Callely?
The most obvious omission of course is if you were to ask any person on the street without mentioning Mr.Callely, s name you will most likely hear a different TD, s name or Senators Name !The reason is amply expressed in the above article
Most of the people’s servants are perceived by the general public to be “in it for themselves “they are totally out of touch with the ordinary people on the street
Hold up in their ivory tower that the Dail has become they constantly shuffle for camera time and the babble out of their collective mouths is in stark contrast to their body language. If you don’t believe me just turn off the babble and just look at the pictures
anyone with a bit of life experience will immediately see that these people are just going through the motions and it is also plain to see that they don’t really know what they are talking about.
the Dail membership becomes the soul purpose for these addicts of power, its perks and the association of such power the promises dispensed during the election campaign are long forgotten and the new mantra is all hail to the local Gombeeen whom we are all now destined to come crawling to if we lose our jobs or need to get a bed in the local hospital or have the local river cleaned up
Make no mistake Ivor Callely is a saint when it comes to the real sliveens in the Dail

the system is totally rotten !

Sharp rise in Live Register figures

Sharp rise in Live Register figures

The number of people on the Live Register in July climbed by 8,500 to 452,500.
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The Central Statistics Office said this was the biggest rise in the seasonally adjusted figure for a year.
Women accounted for more than half of the increase.
The unadjusted figure showed that there were 466,800 people signing on, an increase of almost 14,000 from June.
The CSO said the unemployment rate rose to 13.7%, from 13.4%, in June.
The data also shows that the largest number of people signing on were professionals, who made up more than a fifth.
The next largest increase was in the category of clerical and secretarial workers.
The Live Register includes some part-time, seasonal and casual workers.
It is not designed to measure unemployment, though it is regarded as the most up-to-date indicator of the state of the jobs market.
Jobs crisis
Minister for Social Protection Éamon Ó Cuív said that while the figures are at a very high level, it was worth noting that the figures rose more slowly in July than in June.
He said it showed that the Government’s hard choices had brought stability to the economy.
On long-term unemployment, he said two out of every three unemployed people leave the Live Register within six months of signing on.
However, Labour’s Willie Penrose said the figures proved that solving the jobs crisis had dropped to the bottom of the Government’s agenda.
He said the Fianna Fáil-Green Party Government was like ‘a deer caught in the headlights’, when it came to tackling the problem.
Sinn Féin’s Arthur Morgan said the prognosis for recovery was ‘dire’.
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions said the Government’s policies of massive cuts were deflating the economy.
The statement concluded that further deep cuts in the Budget and panic reactions to sell-off the family silver would only exacerbate the crisis.
NCB Stockbrokers economist Brian Devine described the data as discouraging.
While small business lobby group ISME said the true extent of people losing jobs was obscured by emigration.
Its chief executive Mark Fielding said a whole generation of young education Irish were becoming economic migrants.
Redundancies
Separate figures from the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Innovation show that redundancies are running below last year’s levels, though the figures remain high compared with 2
5,298 lay-offs were notified to the Department in July, down 15.7% from the same month last year.
For the first seven months of the year, redundancies are down almost 20% from the same period last year at 39,105.
This is still, however, not much less than the 40,000 recorded in the whole of 2008.

Comment:
A message from someone dumped on the scrap-heap
No matter what way you try to spin out of these figures Mr. Ó Cuív they are still not the true figures which I believe to be in and around 675,000
You and the rest of the current government squatters and the rest of the political establishment should hang your collective heads in shame!
To the people of Ireland I beg you
For God sake please do not vote any of the current TD, s back into office
let’s have a complete clean sweep .

New reserve currency

This is big trouble for the USA
WASHINGTON (AP) — Regulators on Friday shut down a Nevada bank, raising to 83 the number of U.S. bank failures this year.
The 83 closures so far this year is more than double the pace set in all of 2009, which was itself a brisk year for shutdowns. By this time last year, regulators had closed 40 banks. The pace has accelerated as banks’ losses mount on loans made for commercial property and development.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over Nevada Security Bank, based in Reno, with $480.3 million in assets and $479.8 million in deposits. Umpqua Bank, based in Roseburg, Ore., agreed to assume the assets and deposits of the failed bank.
New reserve currency
We in Ireland are still bailing out bankrupt banks at the cost billions we don’t have causing economic depression for this and the next generation!
With 52 thousand students coming out of our universities and no jobs to go to
alone along with 100,000 people all ready left the country ,and another 53 thousand students leaving secondary education this year
How many of them are going into apprenticeships, jobs or is it emigration for the majority for them
The Unelected Cowen and his band of economic terrorists are helping the top bankers of the state live it up while the rest of us struggle to pay our monthly bills
I say let the bankrupt banks pay their own bills and allow them to fail, just like the Americans are doing in the land of Free markets
Allowing the crooks in the Dail to plunder our natural resources and the wealth of future generations is a crime I personally do not want to be responsible for, when our children ask what you did to prevent it I can show I was active in my opposition and I made a stand
What can you say you did??
It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to oppose this band of thieves we must stand up and take action
Do not just stand by and allow our country to be destroyed by the current government who have sold out to the faceless bondholders in Germany , France and England
Stand up and Fight back now!
Put yourself up for election do not give you vote to any of the current TD’s
We need new blood in the Dail and not Family dynasties
We want a general election now and we need a new community party made up of new local people from ordinary backgrounds that will work for an average wage and not clock up huge self given perks, ending up as millionaires while the rest of us struggle to pay for these perks & pensions
We need real servants of the people and not leach’s sucking the rest of us dry like some of the current shower of TD’s are doing
The next general election must end Gombeenisem for good.
Promise yourself this and we just might save Ireland!

Cowen must go now!

Cowen denies unemployment a ‘low priority’

Wednesday, 16 June 2010 11:39

Taoiseach Brian Cowen has rejected an assertion by Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore that unemployment is a low priority for the Government.

Brian Cowen said the Government had increased the number of training places for the unemployed.

He said jobs were created on the basis of a more competitive economy and predicted net employment creation next year on the basis of current Government strategy.

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Eamon Gilmore said the situation was hopelessly depressing for people out of work.

He described as ‘socially unsustainable’ the situation in which one in three young men was on the dole.

Mr Gilmore criticised what he referred to as the Government’s residual theory of employment and encouraged the Taoiseach to come up with a strategy to get the unemployed back to work.

Source http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0616/politics.html

Comment

As far as I can see this is exactly the case unelected Taoiseach Cowen has done nothing to help the unemployed it is as if they just don’t exist in his world

A world of big bank bonus, mistrial allowances and perks and giving a did out to the golden circle.

Pulling strokes and looking after your cronies (The gutless greens who see no problem supporting the very gangsters who have destroyed our country) the confidence expressed in Cowen yesterday

The country is clearly in the shits because this unelected Taoiseach guilty of economic treason

survives a no confidence vote and the oppositions leader has to face treachery from his own front bench

The Unemployed don’t expect the get anything from Cowen or the Greens anytime soon

They are too busy looking after the big developers and Bankers and squabbling over the plumb jobs for themselves and their laciest.

People of Ireland wake up for God sake!

(Unelected) Taoiseach Brian Cowen has rejected an assertion

Cowen denies unemployment a ‘low priority’

Wednesday, 16 June 2010 11:39

(Unelected) Taoiseach Brian Cowen has rejected an assertion by Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore that unemployment is a low priority for the Government.
Brian Cowen said the Government had increased the number of training places for the unemployed.

He said jobs were created on the basis of a more competitive economy and predicted net employment creation next year on the basis of current Government strategy.

Eamon Gilmore said the situation was hopelessly depressing for people out of work.

He described as ‘socially unsustainable’ the situation in which one in three young men was on the dole.

Mr Gilmore criticised what he referred to as the Government’s residual theory of employment and encouraged the Taoiseach to come up with a strategy to get the unemployed back to work.

source http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0616/politics.html

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!

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