Letter in Sunday Independent.
Legislate and punish the guilty
The evisceration of the Fianna Fail party is simply not enough. We owe it to ourselves and our future, invested as it is in large measure in our children, to punish those responsible inside the body politic for the annihilation of our economy.
The crime of economic treason dates back to the French Revolution where it was exacted against the Ancien Regime in ways alien to our civilised sensibilities. The idea, therefore, as a law is hardly new.
In April 2010, Eamon Gilmore in the Dail accused Brian Cowen of having committed economic treason in relation to the September 30 bank guarantee.
The Green Party later on that year attempted to have economic treason legally defined and introduced into the Constitution. The proposed bill unsurprisingly got nowhere.
The Government of the 31st Dail must draft such a bill making it retrospective to 1994.
Considering the fiscal, social, and very personal financial ‘holocaust’ that 14 years of mostly Ahern-led government has wreaked upon this nation, such a proposition can hardly be said to be unreasonable.
It is repugnant to the very core of our identity to witness the sight of the lords and ladies of mis-rule scurrying off like members of a defunct Third World regime, while our sons, and daughters, our brightest and the best, are forced to endure coercive emigration. What kind of justice is that? Let us make a good law and use it; let us punish the guilty, and let us use the law of economic treason to do so.
Only then can we at least offer posterity, not to mention ourselves, some validation of our worth as free citizens in a free republic, rather than submit like downtrodden serfs to the power of our overlords.
Celbridge, Co Kildare
Mr. Martine is absolutely correct in his assessment of what needs to happen before we can start to build a new republic. The greedy traitors will, in the end, be brought to justice.
I believe this will happen because what has happened to us is not the bog standard incidence of political corruption that has plagued our country for decades, what we have witnessed is the complete destruction of our country.
There is no escape from the pain and suffering to come and that pain and suffering will last for decades.
I just cannot believe that even the docile, politically ignorant Irish people will accept decades of impoverishment while the traitorous bastards who are responsible for our destruction ride off into the sunset with their ill gotten gains.