Quinn was sent to prison. While Bertie, Brian and Seanie all walk away with their big pensions the Nordie goes to the clink; Free State justice in all its glory. The Nordie was the scapegoat. Long live Ireland of the free!
Before you go shouting that I am ranting I ask you one question: how many of the ten members of the “Golden Circle” that was also involved in the shenanigans at Anglo Irish Bank are now in court, how many could you name, how many are even being investigated? Where did they go? Oh, by the way, they were all Free Staters.
“On 17 February 2009, Taoiseach Brian Cowen informed Dáil Éireann of his knowledge of a group of ten wealthy businessmen who had come together to buy shares in Anglo Irish Bank in 2008 in a transaction which is now at the centre of an investigation by the Office of Corporate Enforcement. Cowen has since denied suggestions put forth by the Opposition that he was attempting to protect anyone involved in this so-called "Golden Circle”. The mystery has been discussed in Dáil Éireann since its revelation, with Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government and Green Party leader John Gormley calling for the names to be made public if a legal way of doing so could be found,” is a quote from the time.
These ten were the balancing act to Sean Quinn’s alleged crimes. How many of you readers believe any of these men shall ever be held to account?
Our freedom fighters are at it again. David Black was mowed down like a dog on the side of the road in the cause of Irish freedom. Come off it. The war is over, we have reached some sort of collective agreement that we can all hold to and we don’t want your killing any more. David Black should have seen his grandchildren, enjoyed his retirement and died in his bed at a ripe old age, surrounded by his family.
Mr Dissident Man, do you seriously think that what we see going on down there in the land of petty greed is freedom?
Grow up and take the blinkers off. We are getting a chance to build a community along with our Protestant neighbours and where that leads politically in the future only time shall tell, but if the twenty five years of civil war taught us anything, it is that we can’t shoot each other into submission.
I feel angry writing this. I feel angry that David Black lies dead and someone claims that they killed him to bring me freedom. I feel angry that Sean Quinn has been made a scapegoat and that the Irish Independent runs a headline, “From Richest Man to Common Prisoner” and that the Irish media cannot hide its glee at his demise.
Free and freedom are words that are so easily abused.
By the time you read this, we shall know who is to be “The Leader of the Free World,” for the next four years.
I love that term, the leader of the free world. It is used to designate that the president of the United States is somehow the leader of us all who live in so called liberal democracies. Fair enough, if that’s how the Americans see the world that is up to them. But in all honestly I feel no allegiance to America or its president. I have travelled to the US and I did not feel very welcomed in the amount of paperwork I had to go through to get in and I could not understand the attitudes of the people.
However, as is typical of an Irishman who goes abroad, I ended up marrying an American citizen. Small portion of conflict somewhere in there, Turlough!
Obama is a great candidate. He comes across as the man who can save America and who can rebuild the American dream. But the sad reality is that the job is simply too big for him. And it is too big for Romney and it is too big for anyone. There are deeper problems in America. Money, production, unemployment and recession are not the cause of them.
If you don’t identify the problems, you can’t produce the answers.
Richard Dawkins is a “Free Thinker.” Now I never heard of the term free thinker until Christopher Hitchens died last year. He was described as a free thinker as well.
Dawkins is what I call a “Celebrity Atheist.” A celebrity atheist is a person who makes their living out of going around telling everyone who wants to hear, and even those who don’t want to hear it, that there is no God.
There are various qualifications that you need for the job: be middle class, speak with a posh accent, teach at an important English university and talk plenty of dog pooh.
One statement nearly made me fall off my chair when Dawkins said it; “At thirteen I was confirmed into the Church of England. At fifteen I knew there was no God.” Now, beat that for arrogance. A fifteen year old who knows there is no God. Bible—nonsense, the faith of billions of people—nonsense, the collective experience of humanity for thousands of years—all nonsense; young Dawkins (aged 15 ½ ) says there is no God.
Dawkins was on TV the other night talking about how people who “know” there is no God can find meaning in life. An hour of dribble interspersed with some nice pictures.
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Free thinkers and false messiahs are wonderful at believing their own nonsense; shooting a man on his way to work shall free Ireland, putting Sean Quinn in prison shall undo the rape of our nation by bankers and speculators, vote for me and I shall make America great again, throw off the ropes of superstition, there is no God.
Let me see.
I live in Ireland and I am free. I don’t shoot my neighbour and I feel comfortable with my Protestant compatriots and their desire to be British. I live my life in quiet contemplation of the world and what life means. I do my work, pay my taxes and mind my own business. Yip, Mr Dissident Man, I am already free.
Sean Quinn did not ruin the Free State. Greed, lust, the desire for riches and the lies of bankers and politicians led the people down the path to destruction. And we all fell for it to a greater of lesser degree. Michael O'Sullivan, the managing director of Credit Suisse's private banking division told a few home truths in a speech recently at University College Cork and the free staters didn’t like it.
America is not the land of the free. Freedom lies in our hearts. I am free in British Northern Ireland because I am free in my heart. When my wee head gets angry I am free nowhere.
The freedom of Dawkins is the freedom of despair. Two and a half thousand years ago Socrates said that people who did not believe in God were on the way to a life of hopelessness and despair. Every great thinker since then has thought the same. The only rational end to atheism is suicide. If there is no God, life has no meaning and an hour of dribble by Dawkins won’t give it a meaning. So why are there so many atheists and why is being an atheist so common now?
If we are living a life that we know to be wrong then the easiest way to justify this is to say there is no God. If there is no God there is no sin. Handy that isn’t it! You can basically do what you want.
And man is so knowledgeable now. We can cure this and that, we can do all these great things and we are lords of the world. Who needs a God?
Don’t mention that half the world is starving. Forget the fact that in Ireland and the UK millions of children do not have the basics for a good life or that our old are neglected and cold in their homes. These are merely inconveniences to the free thinkers and false messiahs: anyway, we’ll soon have euthanasia. That’ll get rid of a lot of the problem.
I enjoyed writing that. I feel it has to be said and if any free staters, dissident men, politicians or free thinkers don’t like it then tough.
I’m an Irish Catholic living free in my land and at peace in my heart, enjoying this life and looking forward to the next. And I’ve just gotten my anger out of my system.
What else happened this week?
Sandy came to visit. And she wrecked the place while she was here. Over a hundred people died in the US, forty of them in New York. The power of nature is awesome. There is something enthralling and fearsome in the roar of the wind and the lash of the rain. No wonder the ancients thought the gods were angry with them when storms came and destroyed their homes.
The New York marathon is off. The candidates for the election are back on the campaign trail and the election will be over by the time you read this. But every storm brings some good. Enda can send another few thousand Irish youngsters out to rebuild the place. We built it the first time, why shouldn’t we build it now?
There will be a boost to construction as New York and the people of the eastern seaboard have to put the whole place back together again; a shot in the arm to the economy. Tarzan could come to the rescue.
Yes, he’s back. Our own private Tarzan has made a welcome appearance on our television screens again this week. He was always good fun, except one time, but I won’t mention it. Michael Heseltine, he of the mass of wavy blond hair, the schoolboy looks and the charm of an old English gent, produced a tome for the government to tell it how to get the country going again.
image from hardcase2.co.uk
“No Stone Unturned” makes 89 recommendations to help industry. One of its key aims is to move £49bn from central government to the English regions to help local leaders and businesses.
The aim, Mr Tree Swinger said, was to devolve power from Whitehall and re-invigorate the big cities that had fuelled the growth and wealth that the country had enjoyed.
I hope it works. Europe has decided to shrink their economies and make structural changes to save their system. Britain and America are opting to spend their way out of recession. It shall be interesting to see who has chosen the better path.
Meanwhile China is going to buy the place anyway. China Investment Corporation (CIC), the country's sovereign wealth fund, has bought a 10% stake in the firm that owns London's Heathrow airport. Somehow I get visions of going to Gate 49 (is it still there?) and being met by a wee man in a straw hat. It’s just funny, China buying Heathrow, but that is globalisation for you.
Mind you, the Chinese already control our Friday night diet! You have a Chinese in every town and village in the country. There may even have been one in “Aul Town” Bulgaria.
“Aul Town,” according to archaeologist Krum Bachvarov who described the latest find, was "extremely interesting".
"The huge walls around the settlement, which were built very tall and with stone blocks... are also something unseen in excavations of prehistoric sites in south-east Europe so far," Bachvarov said.
Archaeologists believe that the town was home to some 350 people and dates back to between 4700 and 4200 BC. That is about 1,500 years before the start of ancient Greek civilisation.
We are not so unique. What gets me is that we always think that in some way we are special. We look back at civilisations and think they didn’t know anything. They were not free thinkers. I wonder what people in 4,000 years shall think when they find the ruins of our cities.
Finance minister Michael Noonan
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Poor Michael Noonan, he is powerless to do anything about the bankers pay and pensions. Just read this from Sunday’s paper:
“Finance Minister Michael Noonan has said he is powerless to rein in the pay and pensions of some of Ireland's most senior bankers after it emerged that the State's biggest bank, AIB, used some of a €1.1bn taxpayer bailout to fund former chief executive Eugene Sheehy's estimated annual pension of €529,000.”
It must be sad to be in power and have no power, to own a bank and not be in control over those who run it as a pension club. Michael should look to his party colleague and friend Ms Joan Burton.
Joan has spent “loadsamoney” catching those on welfare who are doing a bit on the side. But in fairness Ms Burton is serious about her job and is determined to cut the money from the poor. It’s a pity she is not as powerless as our Michael.
But Michael does not have the help of the other bankers informing on their colleagues who abuse the system. Joan gets plenty of telephone calls. In 2005 there were 600 reports of welfare abuse in the Republic of Ireland. In 2011 that number was 16,142 at the end of November. (Source: Irish Times Dec 28, 2011)
When a society turns in on itself it is heading to destruction.
Perhaps we could change the words of the old song “A nation once again,” to “A nation of informers.”
Michael and Joan should do a bit of research into their Catholic faith. A Vatican II document called “The Church in the Modern World” has the following: “Peace is not merely the absence of war...nor can it arise out of a government by tyranny. Instead it is rightly and properly called The Effect of Justice.”
It is not justice when the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. It is not justice when the scapegoat is used to protect others....and it is definitely not justice when an Irishman is killed at the side of the road just because of the job he does.
“Oh land of saints and scholars, where have you gone?”
“Our God is a great God.”
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published in Observer Newspaper group, N.I.
8th Nov '12