Few Germans, if any, have any notion of the damage done to Ireland over the decades by the disease of corruption.
Indeed, few Germans know anything of Ireland, period. Any why would they? Ireland barely registers on the global scale of importance.
Despite this, German politicians and media were able to make an immediate and 100% accurate assessment of what we are as a nation after just a few day of listening to the Anglo tapes.
Here’s just a few examples:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel:
The kind of banker talk like that on the Anglo tapes does real damage to democracy and makes it harder for politicians to convince people to get up, go to work, pay their taxes and show solidarity with people who are weaker. All of this is destroyed by that.
German Finance Minister:
These people came across as if they were supermen, above it all and had nothing but contempt for their fellow man.
A German publication interviewed some Irish commentators like Fintan O’Toole and Eddie Hobbs to get some idea of what was going on in Ireland.
The article concluded, using just the knowledge from these few people, that there was something seriously wrong with the Irish psyche, that there was something fundamentally wrong with the way the country was governed.
The above reactions were from citizens who live in a functional democracy where the rule of law applies to all citizens and not just to the peasants.
Now witness Marian Finucane’s response to the arrogance of David Drumm, keeping in mind that this is one of our most senior broadcasters who has witnessed and reported on an endless avalanche of corruption over the decades.
Drumm: Get into the fucking simple speak: We need the moolah, you have it, so you’re going to give it to us and when would that be?
And by the way, the game has changed because really the problem is now at their door.
Finucane: They actually do sound relaxed but they couldn’t have been relaxed, they must have been out of their minds.
And here’s Finucane’s reaction to the extremely insulting reference by the Anglo vermin to the German national anthem.
Finucane: (laughing) I think that’s hysteria breaking out somehow or other although I guess it wouldn’t have gone down terribly well in Germany.
The point to note here is that Finucane is making excuses for the vermin just as we’ve witnessed others make endless excuses for corrupt politicians, bankers,regulators and priests over the decades.
Unlike the German media and body politic, who immediately recognised vermn as vermin, Finucane did the typically Irish thing by ignoring the unpalatable truth.