You know, I wasn’t going to say anything about this, and it embarrasses me that I intended to avoid the issue.
Why wasn’t I going to say anything about this?
Oh, thanks for asking. The reason I was going to avoid this subject is very simple really. For some inexplicable reason, I seem to have attracted a sizeable overseas readership (who knew?) and I felt I had been posting so much stuff about our (execrable, incompetent, corrupt, miserable, illiterate, self-serving, stupid, venal) government, that I thought maybe I was projecting too much of a negative image of our island nation.
And then, I thought, Nah!!
You see, this Beverley Flynn story just put the tin hat on it for me.
Who’s Beverley Flynn? you might well be asking.
Oh, that’s very simple. Beverley Flynn is a stupid, corrupt, arrogant bitch who was recently re-elected to our Parliament by idiots who don’t care that their elected representatives might have been involved in (for example) mass tax-evasion. It’s no coincidence that Beverley is the daughter of a stupid, corrupt, arrogant former government minister. It’s also no coincidence that Beverley is associated with a deeply corrupt and undemocratic party about whom I have written many times before.
JC Skinner has already written about this, and I have no intention of repeating his insightful story on the matter. However, since this is such a fucking scandal, it needs to be explained.
Beverley used to work for National Irish Bank, which had an illegal tax-evasion scheme going. And Beverley used to sell this scheme to people who had funny money to hide. Beverley was a very high earner from the bank as a result of selling these schemes to the public (or at least to those members of the public who had any money to hide).
Beverley was an elected member for Fianna Fail, and as a result of this scandal was kicked out of the party.
The national broadcaster, RTE, which is government-owned, subsists on two streams on income. One is advertising and the other is the national licence fee, which we all have to pay, even if we don’t watch RTE.
RTE broadcast a report highly critical of Beverley, stating that she was involved in a crooked deal to help people evade tax. Beverley sued RTE for libel as a result, but lost, because Beverley was involved in a crooked deal to help crooks evade tax. No getting around it. Bev was involved in a crooked deal. The end. Goodnight.
Bev then appealed, and guess what? Bev lost, incurring about Ã¢â€š¬3 million legal fees because it went to the Supreme Court.
New government. New times. Fianna Fail needs Bev’s support. All of a sudden, our national broadcaster is willing to accept half the fees in settlement (the broadcaster, I might remind you, that receives my licence fee and that of everyone else in support of its operation).
Who pays the rest?
This new government is prepared to give Ã¢â€š¬1.5 million towards legal costs in support of somebody who ran a crooked tax-evasion scheme. And furthermore, will probably appoint that same person to a cabinet seat in due course.
Please, let somebody explain to me in what sense we have a functioning democracy in this country.
Oh fuck it. Look, there’s too much. Just follow the links in the posts.