Did you, like me, feel nauseated listening to the Anglo tapes?
What made you sickest?
Was it the fact that our country was being set up for one of the biggest stings in history?
Was it that our financial regulator was laughed at as a bumbling fool by executives of the failed bank while the bank’s management was plotting a huge scam?
Was it the Ross O’Carroll-Kelly yuk-yukking as they discussed inflicting a gigantic lie on the citizens of this state?
Any of that is likely to induce nausea, but for me, it was something else. It was that small word “they”.
The strategy is that if you pull them in, you get them to write a big cheque and they have to keep, they have to support their money …
Who did these executives think they were talking about when they discussed the possibility of sucking money from a third party to compensate for their bank’s incompetently-managed affairs? Did it dawn on them at all that the burden they were about to inflict on the country they presumably claim allegiance to was tantamount to sabotage?
Did it bother either of these two chuckling fools that they were discussing undermining our society?
I don’t know, but it certainly doesn’t come across in their jocose conversation that they had the slightest understanding of how the Anglo chicanery would impact on their fellow citizens and perhaps that’s where the clue lies. Maybe neither of these inflated fools had the least grasp of what it means to be a citizen. Perhaps their citizenship is in a different country, a place where AIB was “Allied”, where Irish Permanent was “Permo”, where Bank of Ireland was simply “Bank”. A place, in other words, where arrogant, self-regarding tosspots like “Drummer” and Fitzy felt they were entitled to game the entire State, regardless of the consequences for the little people.
I can’t begin to express the extent of my contempt for these people and their like, but however contemptible we might find them, what level of disgust do we retain for the political idiots who believed the lies and placed our country in hock for generations to come so that leeches might remain in comfort to the end of their days?
It would be a mistake to think that these two fools controlled the scam, but they’re close enough to the core to be aware of the subtleties. What this tape reveals is the extent of cynicism that pervaded Anglo, and perhaps the other banks as well. It reveals that there was a mindset oblivious to notions of civic responsibility.
Did the senior bankers regard themselves as citizens of a nation with concomitant responsibilities? On the face of the evidence, the answer has to be no, and yet they continue to live among us, availing of the protections due to Irish citizens.
Irish Central: Interview with David Drumm