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Isn’t it good to see that the newspapers are still reporting the rape of Ireland’s natural resources?

Who knew that anyone remembered how we gave away our fisheries?  Even more surprisingly, in the face of massive governmental pressure, what brave journalists are still willing to speak out about the blatant theft of our energy resources?

It’s not often these days that you pick up a newspaper to be reminded of how Ray Burke gave oil companies liberty to remove 100% of Ireland’s energy resources without paying us anything in return.  It isn’t common to see reports of how Bertie Ahern reduced the taxation on foreign energy companies.  You’ll search far and wide to read about how Ireland has the most favourable terms in the whole world for energy companies.

Well done, that fearless journalist in, eh, Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Under the simple headline, Conned!, referring to the now-notorious Anglo tapes, one of Germany’s leading quality papers remarks that they are just one part of an elite that shamelessly exploits the island.

German outrage at the theft of Ireland’s resources is in severe contrast to the craven defence of this asset stripping offered by a Labour (!) deputy prime minister, Pat Rabbitte, who huffed and puffed as only he can, as if he understood the first thing about energy.

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Paradoxically, it seems that exposure of the banking chicanery might finally throw light on a far bigger scandal: the gift of our natural resources to foreign interests by two thoroughly discredited politicians, for reasons best known to themselves.  Let’s not be embarrassed by the crass singing of a Nazi song on one of the tapes.  Instead, let’s push this story far and wide.  It might finally blast open the disgraceful appropriation of our children’s future for small-minded personal advantage.

And since we’re on the subject of inquiries, let’s look into this scandal, which dwarfs anything that happened in Anglo.

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Previous posts on the great Irish energy theft.

 

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The Anglo Tapes – Failure to Understand Citizenship

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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 …

They?

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.

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Irish Central: Interview with David Drumm