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.