Living on Planet Welfare

This baffles me. When exactly did somebody disconnect consequences from actions? When did it become possible to do whatever you want, no matter how bad or how stupid? When did it become impossible to totally screw up because no matter how much of a shit you make of things, some government agency will step in and make it all right for you? Or, to put it more plainly, when did our community start to fall apart?

I always admired the generosity we showed towards people in trouble. I thought it was right to look after the weak and the vulnerable amongst us and I still think so, but I didn’t think the obligation extended to looking after the strong and aggressive as well. This is the hard bit I don’t understand: if a person does not subscribe to the basic values of our society, is that person entitled to the same privileges as those who do?

If a person is a threat to the very survival of our society, as we saw with the murderers of Shane Geoghegan, why do we house and feed them?

If an entire family is a subversive organisation, as we saw in Limerick, why do we extend them the same protections as we offer compliant citizens?

Here’s something I found in the Clare Champion. See what you make of it.

A study funded by the Mid-Western Health Board identified 43 young people in Kilrush- 24 males and 19 females – as being at risk. It seems that the primary at risk behaviour was criminal activity, specifically high levels of intimidation and personal violence. This intimidation, said to be undertaken by a small core group of adolescent males, was directed at all members of the community and ranged from breaking windows, to breaking into houses and stealing and burning out cars. Personal violence was reported as indiscriminate.

Let’s pause here and take time to read that again. The at risk behaviour described was actually criminal activity, breaking windows, burgling houses and stealing and burning out cars. High levels of intimidation and indiscriminate personal violence.

Maybe I’m being extremely stupid, but who exactly is at risk here? Apparently it’s not the people whose cars are being stolen and burnt out. And it’s not the people suffering the indiscriminate violence, or the break-ins. No. It seems that those at risk are the fucking skobes at risk of getting caught.

What kind of mind-set is at work in this? How can anybody use the term “at risk” to describe the arrogant drunken fuckers who wander around by night (and by day), taking what they want and breaking what they don’t like? This study was funded by the Health Board, but did anyone in the Health Board look at the results and apply rational common sense to what was being said? Perhaps they did and perhaps I’m being unfair to everybody, but I wonder if a similar study was conducted to see how the victims of the violence are getting on. I wonder when a Health Board will quantify the other at risk people. The old people who are afraid to leave their homes. The decent people who are afraid to open their mouths.

A good man, Shane Geoghegan, was murdered last weekend by at-risk people.  Or to put it another way, thugs at risk of getting caught.

Baiba Saulite, an innocent woman, was murdered in Dublin by at-risk youths.

Anthony Campbell, a young Dublin plumber, was shot and killed by at-risk youths, while they were murdering another criminal.

A man was shot in Limerick a couple of years ago for going outside to see who had heaved a brick through his window. Who did this? At-risk youths whose needs hadn’t been met and who were failed by society. So at-risk that they had to go out and shoot a man at his front door. The Kilrush report was in the context of an attack on two girls by men with iron bars, members of the Kilrush at-risk community.

Why do we put up with this?  I am sick of this fucking social-worker-speak.  I am sick of this bloodless academic language that they use to drain the meaning out of words.

You know these savages who murdered Shane Geoghegan?  These drug dealers?

Let me tell you something about them.  It wouldn’t make the slightest difference if every illegal drug in Ireland was eliminated.  It wouldn’t matter.  These people have been inflicting pain for fun since they were first shown, while still only infants, how to maim a small animal.  They are without human feeling, and they’d shoot you dead as quick as look at you.

It will make no difference if the drugs trade is stamped out: the moral vacuum will remain, and that moral vacuum has been fostered by the value-free ideology that underlies terms like at risk.  Our country has been taken over by a sociology KGB who instruct us in everything we may say and everything we may think.

Shane Geoghegan wasn’t killed by the drugs trade.  He was murdered by a bunch of unfeeling low-life scum who have been facilitated for generations by our stupid public social policy into believing that the world owes them a living and that they will never, ever have to take responsibility for anything.

They are members of the invulnerable class, you see: underprivileged, as the touchy-feely professionals describe them.

Whenever people start to talk about underprivilege, there’s the danger of a Monty Python moment: when I was young we were so hungry we had to eat our feet. Right. Listen to me, when I was young, we never ate our feet. They were too filthy to eat because we couldn’t afford water.

The sort of underprivilege we see in this town, and in towns all over Ireland, is mental and emotional. It costs nothing except effort to take your kids to the library. Not a penny. Unless, of course, you come from a long line of inbred gobshites with no interest in that kind of thing, but that’s not society’s fault. That’s yours.

There simply isn’t the kind of financial poverty that existed thirty years ago, and yet the mendicant mentality is stronger than ever.

An entire class of people has emerged who couldn’t give a rat’s arse about you, me or anyone else, as long as they get whatever money they think they’re entitled to. And side by side with that, a consequence-free life has been provided for them by our brainless policy makers.  These are people who were raised from the cradle to expect that the State will give them a house and an income.  They can’t imagine it any other way.

There is of course another class of people.  Let us not forget those who desperately need the help of the State, for genuine reasons, but who were properly brought up.  These are the ones who sit meekly in front of Council officials and Health Board administrators, and answer page after page of questions.

These are the people who shut up and do what they’re told.  These are the people public officials feel free to bully and condescend to, like this poor woman.

Why?  Because officials aren’t afraid of them.  Because these people aren’t the kind who wait in the office car-park like the scumbags do, and threaten the administrators to their face, like the scumbags do.

And that’s why the scumbags are given everything they want, while the people in true need are made to wait their turn, and slapped down if they complain.

Unless we change our attitudes fast, this thing is going only one way, and that’s towards disaster.


Also on Bock:

Housing a Scumbag

Shane Geoghegan Murdered in Limerick

Irish Criminals : Enemies of the State


Polish man Murdered In Dublin

17 thoughts on “Living on Planet Welfare

  1. Well BOCK, don’t know if ur aware of it but that carry-on by the Clare HSE is standard Nation wide. It is “informed” by EU policy, adopted by our so called ‘Government’ on our behalf in exchange for all those millions and millions received by them from the EU coffers over the years. That these ‘kids’ are declared to be “at risk” is stated publicly to give an indication that ‘real efforts’ are being ‘made’ so that more millions might be garnered from the various so called committees in Europe. The warped and poisoned nature of the future we face is more deeply embedded than is at first assumed. We as Irish citizens retain zero rights in this matter by EU dictat therefore we retain no right to seek change in any of the EU polices that have gifted us this insanity.
    As we also in fact have a bunch of puppets in Dail Eireann so no voice in Europe will sound our concerns; this is evident to any who care to look and think for themselves.
    There’s a time to sow and there’s a time to reap, that is the way of human nature, read it in the bible. There’s a time to talk and a time to listen but there also comes a time to shoot as only so much crap can fit in any one lifetime.
    Clearly a whole new movement is required and before too long.
    I hope the resulting chaos won’t be too long in settling.
    I’m ready.

  2. Very eloquently put Bock, over the past 20 years we have allowed whole industries to grow up around the “Caring Professions” to cosset the “we’reentitledto” brigade, and now this behemoth is strangling us, the fools, who go out to work each day to fund it, so that our very own “Barrack O’Dea” and his ilk can proudly take the credit for it.

  3. I don’t agree that it’s going towards disaster Bock. Too late for that. I also think that you’re misapplying the word underprivileged. There are of course underprivileged people out there. The ones too fearful to leave their homes, for instance. That’s a true definition of the word. The people you talk of have only their own asocial world as a frame of reference, and they do not care about you or me or the HSE. I’m afraid to confess that I never had the slightest inkling that ‘at risk’ held the connotations that you point out here. And words are my daily bread and butter. But I missed that one. I made silly assumptions about being threatened by racism or bullying or sexual abuse. Silly me. My mind is at risk of shutting down altogether.

  4. Well said. The drugs trade and other associated organised crimes are symptoms of this desiesed mindset, not the cause. Yes we can destroy the drugs trade, but these fuckwits will just find some other illegal and violent way to make money.
    Also thanks for differentiating between those on welfare who need it, and those filthy fucks who abuse with no intention of ever looking for work or contributing come their turn. With the growing(and richly deserved) anger towards the scumbag class, I have heard some disturbing generalisations about people on welfare of late and it’s nice to see the correct people being blamed.

  5. Nail on the head award. And money is thrown at these ‘at risk’ people. I know this. One individual skobe delighted in cutting up pets with a knife, and that was when he wasn’t speeding through residential streets in stolen cars. He had almost €30,000 spent on him in one year for “psychological assessment”. Most of the money was actually spent flying him and two ‘touchy-feely professionals’ to the psychologist in the UK.

    He was neither ‘at risk’ nor ‘underprivileged’ as his father was in a respectable (if somewhat boring) profession and his mother worked outside the home. So he wasn’t from a deprived family nor did he live in a economically or socially deprived area. Yet he was foisted on such a community by those two ‘touchy-feely professionals’.

    When I opined, in a public meeting, that parenting courses would be helpful in many of these case I was shouted down very vociferously – led by those two ‘touchy-feely professionals’.

  6. I am a proud Irishman and evem more so of my native city, so it sends a torrent of bile through my body at the memory of the sacrifice made by thousands of Irishmen and women in various world wide comflicts sullied by the scum that prowl the streets of Limerick, the scrounging mass of inbred,illeterate,benifet scamming cunts and murderers that have given my city such a terrible look and name.

  7. Give that head another nail.

    Brilliantly put, and sadly 100% true.

    What a pity our alleged leaders and those jackasses in the HSE and other fatcat ‘concerned’ agencies, who thrive on supplying taxpayers billions to our ever growing battalions of scumbags, don’t even bother to take notice of such rationale.

  8. I agree entirely. What we need is a ‘final solution’ of sorts. Sure, history probably won’t look on us too fondly, but think of the current-benefits that could be reaped!

  9. But you know that these people are at risk. But Bock if you think they’re at risk of getting caught I think that’s the least likely scenario. Maybe they’re at risk of a hiding or a bit of lead behind the ear but I can’t see our bold gendarme putting themselves in danger to catch them. Did you hear wee Willie Winkie on the box totally confident that “de perpetrators will be brought to justice”.
    I don’t think so.

  10. bock – great article as usual.
    let me ask the fundamental question every person in this country should ask.


    the answer, quite plainly is NO – we don’t. If there was an election tomorrow, Mary Harney would roar back in – if Bertie Ahern stood, so would he. If Charlie Haughey rose from the dead and stood for President, he’d walk it.

    Only through change can we do anything about these god awful things you and other true patriots bring to the public’s attention. The Gardaí, the HSE, the government … they are our responsibility … nobody elses. We elect the men and women who make these decisions and turn around and save everything is fine ! Us – not anyone else …

    The only way this country will change is through change of mindset and change of morals, as you pointed out. We need a revolution – not a gun toting, shop looting revolution, but a peaceful, street-filling-for-a-week reclaiming of what is right. They did it in Ukraine, they did it in America ….

    No wonder Freud couldn’t psycho-analyse us !

  11. Trouble is, Bock, we have no proper politics – just clientelism and gombeen men.

    It used to be said that a country got the politicians it deserved – how could anyone do anything bad enough to deserve what we have?

  12. Hey Bock, thanks so much for comments on newkidney blog- I want to publish that letter, but it’s the tip of the iceberg – I haven’t yet posted about the Enable Ireland speech therapist – been too dazed and confused. We’re taking a breather this week to pop a bottle of fizz and drink a toast to Temple st but will def give you all the next episode in this catalogue of catastrophes in the coming days – then I’ll be looking for advice and comments on what to do next – ‘cos if you thought that letter was bad, then you ‘aint heard nothing yet!
    The support is really helping big thanks to all

  13. How about we tweak this “regeneration” idea that you have going on up there, tweak it so that the “at risk” are put living next door to these fucking sociologists, and the HSE managers who approve their bullshit reports. Let them put their theories into practice and reach out to the at risk. Lets see how long that lasts, and maybe we’ll see a bit of change.

    Great post Bock, and some of the comments I’ve read here the last few days have really made me angry, at the scum, but also at our useless pols, and the stupid people who vote them in. I’m pretty laid back normally, and I dont have to deal with this stuff myself, I live in the sticks in Cork (although would you believe a branch of one the scum families in limerick have settled nearby in recent years), but this is really pissing me off. If I had to deal with what Brucewayne (the Garryowen man) spoke about yesterday I think I’d be in the looneybin.

    Speaking of our useless pols, anyone else notice how quickly they can move to lock up those Dundons when there’s a bit of heat? How long ago did that guy fail to show up for his appeal – interestingly the press fail to mention. Whats the betting he’s been running around for a few months with nobody bothering him. A bit of heat now, so he’s locked up, he’ll be out in a few weeks when Shane Geoghegan isnt front page news any more.

  14. And another thing, which was mentioned by Benny the Bridgebuilder the other day: the Gardai, as we know, are not really interested in sorting this out. Sure, when something like this happens, they’ll make a few raids, at the behest of the pols, till it dies down, but they wont sort anything out. And maybe some day some people in limerick will have had enough, and might start up a bit of law enforcement themselves. Then you watch the Gardai spring into action. There’s nothing like a threat to your monopoly on policing to light a fire under them: Its a case of “we may not be doing our job, but by God we are not going to stand by and let you do it.” Anyone who doubts that should look at what happened the inner city communities in Dublin in the 80s who tried to deal with drug pushers.

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