What does B stand for?
Bastard? Bollocks? Bullshit? Bagman? Baloney? Bewilderment? Bluster? Bandit?
Yep: all of the above and many more.
What does T stand for?
Trickery? Theft? Treachery? Two-faced? Twaddle? Twisted?
Enough of this bullshit!
Tim Collins gave evidence to the Mahon tribunal today about the infamous B/T account. Remember? The account where the “B” definitely didn’t stand for “Bertie” and the “T” definitely, certainly, without question, didn’t stand for “Tim”.
This was the account, as I told you here, that paid for the house Bertie’s girlfriend bought (though poor Bertie knew absolutely nothing about it). The B/T account.
Tim Collins would have you believe that B/T stands for “Building/Trust”, which is what he renamed it after the Tribunal started to take an interest in his dealings.
Definitely not Bertie /Tim, and it doesn’t matter that Tim set up another account jointly with Des Richardson, calling it what? That’s right: the D/T account. I suppose that stood for Demolition/Trust.
Tim had no problem leaving B/T as the title of the Bertie account until January: two months ago. Isn’t that amazing? An account is called B/T for fifteen years, but when a Tribunal of Inquiry starts to take an interest in it, suddenly its name has to be changed to something else. Something more believable.
Even more astonishing is that a huge loan (enough to purchase a house) from this B/T account to the Prime Minister’s girlfriend remains unpaid for fifteen years, until, miraculously and coincidentally, all the money is handed back at about the same time the account is renamed Building Trust. About the time, in other words, that the Tribunal starts to ask hard questions.
Do they think we’re complete fools?
Let’s just have a quick look at that backslash.
Are we to believe that Tim, who set up the account, is so illiterate that he’d write Building/Trust instead of Building Trust? To claim that B/T stands for Building Trust is nonsense and an insult to our collective intelligence, but of course, insulting the electorate’s intelligence is something Fianna Fáil have brought down to an art anyway, so why am I surprised?
The term Building/Trust just doesn’t work, and it especially doesn’t work when used to describe an account that Ahern had complete control over, though it was set up by Tim Collins.
Oh come on! Why won’t he just acknowledge that B/T stands for Bertie/Tim and stop insulting our intelligence?
Where did all this money come from, that Bertie had no knowledge of, but that nevertheless found its way into his girlfriend’s possession? Well, nobody’s sure. The Fianna Fáil treasurer has no records of transactions: not even the transactions involving conversions from British Pounds to Irish. Nor does he have records of the substantial cash payment made from the account. Tim, on the other hand, thinks he knows where the money came from. He asked the Tribunal to believe that some of the £65,000 in the account was raised from golf classics, and he stuck to that story until it was pointed out that the first golf classic took place five years after this money was lodged.
I suppose everybody must have paid in advance. That must be it.
Who owns the account? Well, there’s another strange thing. You see, even though Tim and Bertie claim it’s a Fianna Fáil constituency account, there are no documents whatever to make any legal connection between the party and this account. There is, however, significant evidence that Bertie had complete control over it and was therefore the beneficial owner. In fact, so remote is the account from the party that the treasurer never once mentioned its existence or any of its transactions to the party members for seven years.
I don’t think the Tribunal believes Tim. In fact, I think the Tribunal is inclined to take the same line as Judge Judy: Don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining.
Tim, I don’t fucking believe you either. Tim, you’re not only taking me and my fellow citizens for idiots, but you’re also taking the Tribunal for fools.
And ? Give us credit for a small bit of intelligence.