I haven’t commented much on politics lately.
Frankly, I have been too disgusted to even think about the subject.
I have calmed a little [not much – just a little] and am trying to put my thoughts in some coherent form. Unfortunately, all the words that come to mind are too obscene even for this site.
The people have Ireland have been fucked over royally. What is worse, the rape continues.
For the last decade or so, money has been pouring into this country at such a rate that no one really knew what to do with it. Year after year, we heard of massive budget surpluses that ran into billions.
Suppose, just for a moment, that oil was discovered on my land. Ignore, for the sake of argument that the government would take it from me and just hand it over to Shell or someone. What would I do with all that money that is pouring into the coffers? Would I spend every penny of it rebuilding my garden, and buying flash cars? Or would I have a modicum of sense and put most of it into something productive in the sure knowledge that the oil is going to dry up some day?
All those billions are gone. They have been poured into office blocks and housing estates that no one can afford. The boom is over and there isn’t a penny left.
What have we got to show for it? Apart from the empty office blocks, we still have school buildings that should be on the condemned list. We still have a health service that is more likely to kill than to cure. We have respite centres for the disabled that are closing due to lack of funding. The one thing we don’t have is money in the bank. In fact we are now pouring money into the banks to prop them up – money that we don’t have in the first place.
Then the showers of shites who got us into this mess turn around and tell us we have to be taxed on every penny of our income. The have the utter gall to appeal to us saying that ‘we are all in this together’. Bollox. Those shites, the bankers and the builders, all of whom made fortunes with our money are the ones who are ‘all in this together’.
What I want to know is what the ‘government’ doing about the bankers? I haven’t heard any heads rolling. I haven’t even heard a wrist being slapped. The builders, who are bloated with our money are being asked to cough up, but at the same rate as the rest of us. In fact they have even been given some extra financial help, so they can carry on getting fatter.
If Ireland were a private company, the management not only would have been sacked by now, they would be in gaol for gross incompetence and fraud. They would never get another job, and certainly would not be looking forward to big pensions that would make your average salary look like pocket money.
What really sickens me is that I know that they will be elected back in next time. Ireland will suffer from its usual collective memory loss. There will be pathetic little bribes that will sway the ignorant voters.
There will be cries of ‘there is no viable alternative’ of course.
Anarchy would be better than the system we have at the moment.