The first thing to be said about the ongoing Anglo tapes revelations is that David Drumm, Peter Fitzgerald and John Bowe are nothing more than common vermin.
Vermin with big salaries, big cars, and big ego’s are still vermin and always will be vermin.
What Irish citizens need to keep in mind is that these vermin could not survive, never mind prosper, without the absolute protection afforded to them by our corrupt political/administrative system.
There is a growing consensus that the then government and financial regulator were duped into handing over billions to Anglo, that somehow it wasn’t the fault of the political/administrative system.
This is music to the ears of politicians and civil servants who will be delighted to see the blame shifting from them, the real culprits, to the greedy vermin bankers.
Here’s the truth of the matter:
As we here at Public Inquiry have been saying for years – Ireland is an intrinsically corrupt state.
The crucial difference between an intrinsically corrupt state and a properly functioning state is the response of the respective states when corruption is uncovered.
Functional democracies like the United Kingdom, United States, Germany and so on have lots of corruption but when corruption is uncovered there is a response.
There are independent authorities empowered to act against the corrupt.
There is a level of awareness among the political classes that there are certain lines that they simply cannot cross.
There is a high level of political intelligence/awareness among the electorate that manifests itself in anger if the political/administrative system is suspected of trying to cover up corruption.
There is a clear blue sea of separation between regulatory/law enforcement agencies and the political system.
In Ireland there is no authority independent of the corrupt political system with the power to act against the vermin in the financial sector or any other area where white-collar crime is rampant.
In Ireland politicians have a choice, go along with the corrupt political system or find yourself ejected from it.
Roisin Shortall and Nessa Childers are two recent examples of politicians who stood up to the rotten political system and as a result found themselves out in the cold.
Ms. Childers was right on the button in her comment after resigning:
I felt I was being corrupted by the system.
In Ireland most of the electorate are politically ignorant. That is, they don’t realise that power rests in their hands and not with the politicians.
In other words, most Irish citizens do not understand what real democracy is.
Over the decades Irish citizens have come to believe that they must sell their vote (power) to the local gangster/gombeen in return for petty favours.
If the local gangster/gombeen succeeds in buying enough votes (power) he travels to Dublin where he plunders state funds in order to pay off his constituents thus ensuring his re-election.
In functional democracies like America or France citizens are aware that power flows from them, that it is temporarily given to politicians and when a politician is found to have acted corruptly or otherwise acted against the interests of the state they are made to pay the price.
The opposite is the case in Ireland.
Citizens see power as flowing down to them from politicians. It is the politician who is seen as the power source and it is to that power source that the citizens go, cap in hand, to ask for favours.
It would never occur to most Irish citizens to actually challenge the local gangster/gombeen on a national issue unless the matter had some bearing on that citizen’s personal interests.
Let me finish by coming back to the Anglo tapes and who is effectively responsible for the protection and prosperity of the vermin within the financial sector.
The corrupt political/administrative system has been, effectively, protecting and facilitating major criminal activity within the Irish financial sector for decades.
This is not just my opinion.
For absolute proof we have only to look back at the hundreds of examples of barefaced fraud and criminality that have occurred in that sector without any effective response whatsoever from the so-called regulatory agencies.
It should therefore come as no surprise that when the Anglo vermin walked into the Central Bank and demanded billions of taxpayers’ money they were slavishly accommodated.
After decades of effectively facilitating/ignoring widespread criminality the so-called regulatory agencies had lost all credibility and respect.
After decades of effectively facilitating/ignoring widespread criminality the so-called regulatory agencies could hardly stand up to the vermin and demand that they act ethically/legally.
The bankers knew that, they knew they were dealing with a morally bankrupt political/administrative system and accordingly treated them with the contempt they richly deserved.
That contempt for the politicians and so-called regulators can be clearly heard vomiting from the mouths of the vermin bankers
And let me be clear, the situation has not changed.
The political/administrative system is still corrupt, still effectively protecting the criminals within the financial sector, still betraying Ireland and its people.
That’s why I can state the following with absolute confidence:
No banker will go to jail; there will be no proper inquiry.
There will be no accountability demanded from the corrupt political/administrative system that created and protects the cesspool where the vermin prosper.
There will be no justice/accountability until Irish citizens destroy the corrupt political/administrative system that has destroyed their country and their futures.
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