There has been a lovely illustration of the "Them and Us" syndrome here recently.
There has been a fairly high profile trial where three of the ringleaders of the Anglo Irish Bank fiasco were brought to court. The three an their pals succeeded in bringing the entire country to the point of destruction, and every single citizen is going to pay for the consequences for many years to come. By treating Anglo as their own private little piggy-bank and recklessly lending unsecured loans of billions [yes – billions] to themselves and their cronies, they managed to bankrupt an entire country.
Of the three, one was let off entirely and the other two were found guilty but "it wasn't really their fault", so they have been assured that they will not be sent to prison.
How did this travesty of justice occur? Simple. Charge them with a sample charge and leave it at that. It is akin to a bloke running amok in a city centre with a Centurion tank, mowing down and killing hundreds of people, and then being charged with not wearing a seat belt.
Now consider a report that came out this week which tells the story of "justice" where the ordinary person is concerned.
Now a "fine" in my book is just another form of legalised theft. Someone decides that in their book you have done something wrong and they then take that as justification for stealing an arbitrary chunk of your savings or salary.
There were 8,304 committals for non-payment of court-ordered fines in 2012, including 242 imprisoned for failing to pay fines imposed for not having a tv licence.
The average cost of imprisonment per prisoner was €65,404 in 2012, not including education spend.
By my calculation, that is over half a billion of taxpayers money for punishing people for refusing to be robbed. So by imprisoning people for such non-crimes as not paying a television tax they are in turn fining every man jack of us through their taxes.
So the rich and powerful can destroy a country and go scot free, while the rest of us get slammed up for the most petty and trivial "offences".
Just how corrupt and evil can a system become?