I hear the government (otherwise known as “those fucking chancers”) have appointed Colm “Snip” McCarthy to value all our State assets with a view to selling them off.
This is to pay the costs incurred by their pals Seanie Fitz, FIngers Fingleton and the rest of the bankers who owned Fianna Fáil and its ministers until they went bust gambling on a giant Ponzi scheme. You might remember Bernie Madoff went to jail in America for doing something similar.
As December approaches, with the need for €3 billion in further cuts, the government (TFC) are trying to see what they can flog, and so far have come up with a shortlist of candidates, including the ESB, Bord Gáis and the Dublin Airport Authority, which also owns and mismanages Shannon Airport.
This government, as you know, has a glorious record of success in selling off and otherwise manipulating State assets. For example, when they floated Telecom Éireann, this country was at the leading edge of digital telephony. We rebuilt our phone system from scratch in the Eighties and Nineties, with the result that we possessed the most modern network in the world, and what happened then? Thanks to a decision by this government to sell off our brand new telecomms network just as the internet was about to take off, we have no broadband backbone. We lack the vital communications infrastructure necessary to compete with such developed economies as Ulan Bator, Burkina Faso and Somalia.
They sold off Aer Lingus, a company built using your money and mine. Relieved of any social responsibility, the newly-private company promptly dumped on Shannon Airport and then rounded on its employees with savage cuts.
They excelled themselves by giving away the gas from the Corrib field. They sent a battalion of police to defend the Shell construction site, beating protestors out of the way and jailing some of them. For what – royalties? No. Not a penny in royalties. Profit-sharing? No. Shell get it all. Cheaper gas? No – we pay full price for our gas. First call on the energy supply? No. Shell can send the gas straight to China if they wish. For what then? Guess.
They gave a billion euros of your money to build a national resource, a children’s hospital, which will be controlled by the people who used to employ Bertie as a book-keeper — the Mercy nuns. They gave another billion or more to pay the costs of those same nuns and their cronies in the residential child abuse scandal.
However, there’s nothing new about this crowd of crooks giving away State assets. As I often told you before, they gave all our quarries to Tom Roche so that he and his brother could set up Roadstone and sell the County Councils’ own stone back to them, while quietly lining Fianna Fáil ministers’ pockets at the same time.
They built a gigantic motorway, the M50, at each side of the Liffey, using public money, and allowed a private company to build a bridge and collect all the toll money.
There is nothing this crowd won’t do. Nothing they won’t debase, soil or abuse.
They will sell anything they can get their hands on if they think it will bring them short-term political advantage. They care nothing for the future.
Watch them carefully now as they look around for things to sell off so they can announce smaller tax increases in the budget. I’m telling you, nothing is safe. They’ll sell off RTÉ, though that might be no harm. They’ll sell the postal service. They’ll sell forestries, schools, hospitals. They’ll sell the air and the water. Get used to breathing less oxygen unless you’re prepared to pay.
I’m telling you now: there’s nothing this crowd of imbeciles won’t sink to, so brace yourself, Nora!