The self-righteousness drips off the pages of the Independent and slimes out of the radio as RTE reporters detail all the examples of supposed financial abuse by the directors of Positive Action, the group set up to support the victims of the Anti-D scandal.
The HSE audit found that €100,000 was spent on complementary therapies that included reflexology, pilates, thought field therapy, aromatherapy, angel healing, angel card readings, crystal healing and ear candling.
And so what? These women were infected due to State negligence by an appalling disease they can never be cured of. Aren’t they entitled to a little pampering after what the State subjected them to? And so what if thought field therapy, angel healing, crystal healing and ear candling are bullshit, which they are? If the sessions made these women feel a little better for a little while, why would anyone begrudge them?
So what if a lobster meal for four cost 234 dollars in the US? That’s €187, or about €47 per person. Not bad value, and worth every penny when you’ve been given a death sentence by the negligent public health service.
So what if supermarket bills over four years cost €20,000? That’s about €100 per week, which isn’t bad for feeding unpaid volunteers.
Only €463 on alcohol though. What’s wrong with these women?
Oh right. Of course. Their livers are severely damaged by what the State did to them.
So what if the women were funded for massage and beauty therapies?
So what if they had facials, manicures and pedicures?
So what if one member of the group claimed €550 to go on a Dancing the Spiral course, whatever that is?
In any decent society, the government ministers, including Michael Noonan, who hounded Brigid McCole on her deathbed, would be down on their knees scrubbing floors for these women.
So what if the girls (and the directors were all women) couldn’t believe their luck and so what if they took advantage of the carte blanche they thought they’d been given? Wouldn’t you, if your health had been compromised by the culpable negligence of an arm of this state? I think I’d treat it as an invitation to ride the gravy train right over that cliff, a- whoopin and a-hollerin all the way.
The latest we hear is that a criminal investigation has been launched as if these victims of official criminality hadn’t suffered enough.
In a country that has prosecuted almost no bankers, in a country that has called no politicians to account for the financial calamity that overtook us, in a country that failed to scrutinise the financial regulator and his underlings for bringing us to our knees, we’re going to launch an investigation into a group of women who had no training in corporate governance, because they overspent the miserable €2 million budget they’d been allocated for the four years under examination.
If the government had refused to pay Roman Abramovich the half billion windfall he snapped up when he bought Irish bonds at ten cents on the euro, they’d be able to fund 250 support groups like Positive Action.
I don’t care if the members of Positive Action went a little wild at times. Aren’t they entitled after all they’ve been through?