Sean Fitzpatrick Arrested

Seanie Fitz must be getting used to having his collar felt.  How many times is that he’s been arrested? Two?  Three, Four?  I’m losing count.

Don’t get me wrong now.  I’m glad that Seanie is doing the perp-walk because I think he contributed hugely to our national economic collapse, but he isn’t the only one I’d like to see arrested and charged with something.  Clearly, I’d also like to see his ridiculous glove puppet, David Drumm, extradited from the United States and hit with twenty or thirty charges related to his stewardship of Anglo-Irish Bank, the cess-pit of Irish finance.

On top of that, sadly, we haven’t yet seen Fingers Fingleton called to account for the non-bank he ran on the back of a cigarette box.

The notoriously arrogant Fingers turned out to be a complete failure and an utter incompetent, yet his failures cost the Irish people €6 billion to rectify.  Despite that, he retains the million-euro sweetener he managed to suck out of Nationwide (for which read, the Irish taxpayer) as it sank beneath the waves.  Even if he’s found innocent, I’d really, really like to see that man standing in front of a judge, if only to wipe the sneer off his beard.

But why stop with that?  What about, for instance, Bertie Ahern, the man who presided over the whole debacle?  Much though you might detest Brian Cowen — and he was the finance minister under Da Bert — he wasn’t the man in charge.

What.  What just happened there?  Did I suddenly experience a senior moment of compassion for that crowd of turdbags?  Sorry.  It won’t happen again.  Sorry.  I apologise.  Maybe Fianna Fáil developed an empathy weapon that persuades people they didn’t completely destroy the country.

Who should be arrested and charged?  Well, all of them, but failing that, the entire Ahern cabinet on the grounds of collective responsibility.  Since they shared the feeding trough, I see no reason why they shouldn’t share a dock in court, and with any luck, a cell.  McCreevy needs to be in that dock too, along with Patrick Neary, the financial regulator and John Hurley, former governor of the Central Bank.

Why not?  If they’re innocent, the court will set them free and their names will be cleared for ever more, but if they turn out to be guilty, nobody will be surprised.

Restoring our fiscal stability  is only one part of the puzzle.  The other part is a willlingness to track down and prosecute those responsible for the disaster.

Wait and see who’s called to account before deciding if this is a functioning democracy.  For some years now, my personal view is that this country is just a personal fiefdom carved up by the co-conspirators on both side of the Civil War and everything that happened since 1922 has been designed to disguise that conspiracy.

The next few years will prove me right or wrong, but at the moment I don’t feel optimistic.


10 thoughts on “Sean Fitzpatrick Arrested

  1. Bock I would’nt hold my breath.I think it will be many years before we get a proper functional democracy like those in Scandanavia.After all Kenny and co said fuck all while all this chicanery was going on,and they must have known because the rest of the population knew.Everyone knows that there are very few people in the Dail who would resign when they are caught out lying.

  2. J.D. You seem to be suggesting that this democracy has one law for the rich and another for the poor. How can that be?

  3. not sure how accurate this is, but a guy on the radio the other day stated, that under the companies act, it is not illegal for a business who deal in leading of money, to buy its own shares. think he mentioned section 60 of the act? can that be right?
    also i have yet to hear of any share holders in theses banks bringing fraud charges against their board memebers. was it not drumm or fingleton who even when their bank was on its knees, paid out large dividends? the pupose of which was to create the impression that all was well.why has no one taken a civil case against the boards of the banks?

  4. The bail conditions and the amount of bail money tells you that all this is not taken seriously.Contrast this with the US,the bail amounts would be enormous and the conditions very strict.I believe the sentence for this crime is 5 years,and with good behaviour they could be out in 2.I know it’s not a straight comparision but, Madoff 150 years and some others 2 life sentences.Have to agree with JD to some degree.One has to take into account all the auditors and accountants who passed off banks as healthy.I t brings to mind the ratings agencys who completely missed the Lehman Brothers an d Enron etc
    and when asked about it,replied theirs were only opinions and nothing else!.

  5. Yes Sheskin, I was surprised (although I really shouldn’t be) at €1,000 bail, and they didn’t even take his passport. I’m mystified as to why he hasn’t left the country. Can anyone make sense of it? He must know that there is no chance of him being convicted, and that this is all a sham.

  6. The fucker knows it, Essodee. He will walk away a free man, the government will give us the whole, the law is the law, it’s not right but it is the way it is spiel, they will hint at new laws to replace the non-existent ones, who knows, if we are really lucky they might assembly an independent (insert sarcastic laugh here) panel to write up another one of those 1000 page plus reports, encoded in legalese, that reads like one of those Russian novels where you wish the main character died on page twenty but survives until page 999…where he commits suicide.

    But, hey, maybe I am just being cynical…

  7. The laws are there already,it’s just the lack of will to enforce them.Essodee I think the bail amount is £10,000,but again that is puny in comparison to the enormity of the crime.There is hope insofar that younger generation do not have the same loyalty to the old boys network.The thing that brings on the red mist for me,although it has nothing to do with the bankers, is the thought of Bertie sticking two fingers up to the Irish public and laughing at them.I am almost certain that in any other jurisdiction in Europe he would be locked up.

  8. There’s an interesting article here That says “The American plutocratic revolution is now complete. The proof is: There are no criminal charges for the housing bust and financial meltdown of 2008.” The Irish politicians often said at the time that the Irish economic collapse had global factors too – without an explanation. Because the problems and corruption was a mirror of each other.

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