Michéal Martin: Still on the lookout for a spine

I see Fianna Fail ‘leader’ Michéal Martin is still on the lookout for a spine.

When asked if he regretted supporting the motion to expel Dessie O’Malley from the party proposed by his predecessor Haughey, the spineless ‘leader’ replied:

With the greatest of respect, I came here to discuss 2015, not 1985.

I think historically and on reflection, all of those issues could have been handled better or differently but that’s for the history books and I’ll be writing my own memoirs and I’ll deal with all of that then.

When pushed on the matter, he tetchily responded:

Look, I’m not going there.

Martin’s fear of answering a question, any question, has been the defining characteristic of his political career.

During his time as Minister for Health, for example, he infamously initiated over 30 reports into various scandals and problems, all in the name of kicking the ball down the road.

Some of these reports may still be ongoing; you never know when a subversive journalist might sneak in a sinister question.

When asked about the current RTE drama on Haughey’s life, again, this ‘leader’ just couldn’t bring himself to give a simple answer.

I think I’ll withhold judgment until I see the last one.

Personally, I’m delighted the spineless Mr. Martin is still leading Fianna Fail because, as Irish citizens have learned at great cost, what’s bad for the corrupt Fianna Fail party is good for Ireland.

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Fianna Fail
Michéal Martin

Haughey: A political gangster, pure and simple

The vast bulk of comment and opinion expressed in response to the current RTE Haughey drama can be described as delusional drivel.

But even delusional drivel can serve a purpose and in this case it serves a very valuable purpose.

It tells us in very clear terms that the current ruling elite and large sections of the media are still frozen in the warped mindset of the Haughey era that enabled him to engage in a decades long career of criminality and betrayal.

In order to differentiate between the drivel and the brutal reality of what Haughey was and what he represented it will be useful to spell out exactly the true nature of this particular individual.

Haughey was a political gangster, pure and simple. He possessed just one talent – the ability to see an opening for profit when it was presented to him.

And that’s what happened when he decided to get involved in politics in the 1950s. Ireland had finally decided to abandon it’s decades long policy of isolation and in particular its idiotic economic war with the UK.

Haughey and his cronies (the men in mohair suits) recognised the opportunities presented by the progressive economic and industrial policies introduced by Lemass.

Ireland could have gone down another road at the time if the criminal had been stopped but tragically for Ireland and its people, he won out and began to infect the governance of the country with the disease of corruption.

For the rest of his career he plundered the resources of the State without fear of ever being brought to account. The diseased culture he created is still alive and thriving today.

Personally he was an obnoxious individual who betrayed his wife and family, a man who robbed the fund collected to save the life of his best friend, a man who threatened and bullied anybody who stood in his way, a man without principle, courage or morals.

But most of all he was a man who inflicted massive damage on his country and its people while all the time fraudulently posing as a man of the people, a great statesman.

In a functional democracy such political scumbags quickly find themselves behind bars. In Ireland he was protected and assisted by all State agencies in his criminality and honoured with a state funeral when he died.

He is still admired by a disturbingly large number of people, particularly those of the ruling elite and their supporters in the media.

We only have to observe the response to the current drama to see how successful the traitor was in corrupting the judgement, principles and integrity of so many people.

I’ll be writing about a number of those responses in the next while.

Senator Power: A gormless gombeen clone

Fianna Fail senator Averil Power was clear and passionate about her reasons for entering politics.

The reason I got involved in politics is because I want to be involved in the present and I want to be involved in trying to change things and I’m genuine about that and I see there are other young members, people like Martin, (Conway FG senator).

There are new people across all parties that want to change and I think what we need to learn is how do we change the system, how do we put in place a proper system of transparency and scrutiny.

Sadly for the people of Ireland senator Power is nothing more than your average gormless gombeen politician whose loyalty is strictly confined to her own career, her constituents who are the fodder for her election campaigns and her corrupt party.

We know Power is a gormless gombeen because she speaks the exact same language as that spoken by every other gombeen politician down through the decades.

She speaks the language that destroys democracy; that brings untold misery on ordinary citizens while enriching those in the golden circle.

In a discussion on the Fine Gael McNulty political stroke Vincent Browne put it to senator Power (13.40 min.) that Fianna Fail had brought such cronyism to a fine art over the years and that it was a joke to pretend that it was all in the past.

Power responded exactly as countless other Fianna Fail gombeen politicians have responded in the past.

I think there were a lot of mistakes made in the past.

Mistakes, mistakes, thundered Browne who went on to tear strips out of the hapless politician.

Are you seriously suggesting that Fianna Fail’s policy of cronyism and stroke politics over decades and decades in office was nothing more than a mistake?

Power then compounded her gombeenism with political stupidity by challenging Browne, not once, but twice, to give her even one example of Fianna Fail ever appointing anyone to a board in such a manner.

The very fact that Power made the challenge in the first place suggested that she was familiar with the history of Fianna Fail, that she could stand over anything Browne could throw at her regarding her party’s past behaviour.

Yet, when Browne met her challenge by recounting a similar example of stroke politics by Fianna Fail, Power claimed she had never read about that incident and that in any case she was just four years of age when it occurred.

There are three aspects of senator Power’s typically gombeen performance I will comment on.

One: Fianna Fail is the party that invented and infected the political system with cronyism and stroke politics. The corruption introduced by Fianna Fail into the political system was the direct cause of the 2008 economic catastrophe that has impoverished so many Irish citizens.

That cronyism/corruption is still alive and well today in Fianna Fail and the wider body politic. That culture of corruption is still inflicting untold damage on Ireland and its people; we only have to listen to the news to confirm the truth of this.

Two: Senator Power’s abdication of responsibility for the disgraceful history of her party is, at best, dishonest.

When she joined Fianna Fail she was signing up to that party’s history in addition to its current policies and conduct.

As a member of that organisation and as a public representative she has an obligation to know the history of her party and to state clearly where she stands on its disgraceful betrayal of the Irish people.

Three: Her claim that young politicians in the mainstream parties are the future hope for political reform is grotesquely laughable.

There is not a single young politician within the mainstream parties with the courage to step out and challenge the culture of cronyism and corruption that does so much damage to Ireland and its people.

They are all, like senator Power, pathetic clones of their older gombeen peers.

I’ll end by speaking a language that senator Power will not understand, a language she has never heard of or studied.

Vincent Browne: Senator, would you agree that your party took this type of cronyism to a fine art over many years in office?

Senator: Yes, I fully agree with that statement and I would like to go even further.

As a new and young member of the party I want to condemn and totally reject the corrupt behaviour of previous party members and leaders over the years. I recognise and apologise to the people of Ireland for the massive damage done to their interests as a result of that corruption.

I pledge here and now, live on air, that I will work to rid Irish politics, and my party in particular, of the disease of corruption, cronyism and stroke politics.

I realise this is a politically dangerous stand for me to take but I believe it’s worth the risk, not just to protect my personal integrity, but in the hope that I can make some recompense to the Irish people for the damage done by my party.

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Senator Power

Sean O'Rourke: Mary Coughlan's biggest fan

I see the gombeen traitor and former Taniste Mary Coughlan is thinking of making a comeback in politics.

She was interviewed by Sean O’Rourke last Wednesday and as always she was blaming everybody for her and her government’s incompetence in leading the country over the cliff of disaster.

The global economic crisis, European Commission, ECB, the banks, media and coalition partners were all to blame but not, apparently, Ms. incompetence herself or Mr., I’m not drunk, Cowen.

Of course she was never going to be asked the hard questions by an adoring Sean O’Rourke who set the tone of the interview from the very beginning.

Your father was one of the most wonderful gentlemen ever to grace the corridors of Leinster House.

Now perhaps her father was a ‘wonderful gentleman’ but O’Rourke’s admiring tone left listeners in no doubt as to how he was going to conduct the interview.

And so it was.

When Coughlan described the criminal Haughey as ‘the great Charles Haughey’, O’Rourke made no challenge.

When she refused to talk about the lies Bertie Ahern told to the Planning Tribunal, O’Rourke meekly submitted and moved on.

When she stated, as part of her excuse for Fianna Fail’s political failure, that the party was new to coalition O’Rourke accepted the lie without question.

'Fianna Fail' journalist Brendan O'Connor back in propaganda mode?

I see ‘Fianna Fail’ journalist Brendan O’Connor is back in propaganda mode after his party’s good showing in the recent elections.

Here’s a flavour of his article in today’s Sunday Independent.

Indeed the Government, unless they wish to give a further free ride to Sinn Fein, also needs to stop slapping Fianna Fail down and blaming them for everything every time Fianna Fail tries to speak out.

Sometimes you have to have a hierarchy of your enemies, and Fine Gael needs to get their one straight. The new enemy could be a bigger threat to this country than the old enemy.

The criminal Haughey pleads with the criminal Hussein

From the Attic Archives: Sunday Tribune 17 May 1992

The following quotes are taken from a letter written by the criminal dictator Haughey to the criminal dictator Saddam Hussein dated 29 September 1989.

The letter is a pathetic plea to Hussein to give back some of the money that the criminal Haughey and his corrupt government had committed to support the beef export industry. Larry Goodman, a massive contributor to Fianna Fail funds, was the principal beneficiary of such support.

Of course, the money was never recovered and, as always, Irish taxpayers’ were forced to pick up the tab.

Payments totally about $80 million are at present overdue to Irish companies. I appreciate that this amount is not very large by international trading standards, but the Irish economy is small and my Government is coming under a great deal of political pressure and criticism over the matter because the amounts will eventually have to be met by the Government if they are not otherwise cleared.

I apologise for troubling you about this matter in view of the very many great difficulties with which you have to contend but I am anxious that nothing should be allowed to diminish the excellent friendly relationship which has been so carefully built up between our countries.

If you can be of any assistance in regard to it I would be deeply grateful.

Please accept, Your Excellency, my good wishes for your well-being and for the happiness and prosperity of the Iraqi people.

Charles J Haughey, T.D.

Noel Dempsey finally experiences a glimmer of a democratic principle – too late

I see former Fianna Fail politician Noel Dempsey now believes that clientelism should be reduced.

If you are a national representative, you should not be trying to solve everybody’s individual’s problems.

Isn’t it amazing how, once our traitorous politicians have pocketed their massive payoffs and secured their big fat pensions, they suddenly become enlightened with all kinds of ideas like accountability, transparency and democracy?

But always, alas, too late to actually do anything useful for their country.