Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hit Me Now With The Baby In My Arms

Fianna Fail's Darragh O'Brien (Dublin North) appears to be getting desperate in his election campaign. On RTE radio today, he stressed that he is a young married man with children and a big mortgage, with no business connections. As a constituent of O'Brien's (though hopefully not for much longer), I got a letter from him along the same lines this morning. So what he is saying, in other words, is that he is just like the rest of us and, on this basis, he argues that he understands the issues facing the electorate.

Clearly seeing that his days on the Dail Eireann gravy train are coming to an end, O'Brien is appealing to the compassion of the electorate. Would you throw a young married man with young children and a big mortgage out of a job? Would you hit me now with the baby in my arms?

Fianna Fail is the most corrupt party in the history of the Irish state; the party of bribery, bailouts, handouts, dig outs, cronyism and nepotism. The bankers' party; the Anglo party; the NAMA party; the DDDA party; the developers' party; the landowners' party; the rezoners' party; the Galway tent party. The party of the greatest crook of them all, Charles Haughey, and his bribers, friends and proteges.

Darragh, your fate now lies with the fate of that poisonous tribe that threw hundreds of thousands of people on the slag heap of unemployment. You may join them soon (along with a lot of your colleagues, I hope) when the people of Dublin North and the people of Ireland have their say.

Your party is the party that filled boats and planes as they carried another generation of our young people away from Ireland and scattered them to the four corners of the globe on the emigrant trail again. The party that abandoned tens of thousands of apprentices to the Limbo of no job, no qualifications, no prospects and no future. The party of ghost estates; open sewers; health hazards; unbridled development; ruined towns and villages, and destruction of country life. The party that demonised and vilified public servants; set worker against worker; young against old; labour against capital; public against private; town against country. The party that destroyed Ireland.

I despise your party for what it has done to me, to my children, to my friends, to my colleagues, to our society, to social solidarity, to the economy and to the country. So tomorrow, I look forward to voting and leaving a big blank space beside Kennedy and O'Brien. You are both finished. And good riddance.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Lenihan's Rationalisation of His Payoff Does Not Add Up

It is remarkable that Brian Lenihan can rationalise his and Michael Martin's availing of a huge payoff when they are thrown out of office in a few weeks time because it was a "settled arrangement." I'm a public servant too and I had a "settled arrangement" in respect of my salary (which was subject to a contract between my employer and me), my pension arrangements and my terms and conditions of employment.

Lenihan had no trouble tearing up that "settled arrangement" when he chose, with his Fianna Fail and Green Party co-conspirators, to demonise, malign and victimise public servants so that he could alienate them in the eyes of the public and then make savage cuts in their remuneration arrangements.

So, if he can do it to me, there is no reason why he can't tear up this disgraceful arrangement for paying off Ministers who failed so spectacularly in their duty to the country.
 
And, of course, Lenihan has no problem referring to the value of his payoff after all deductions, while he prefers to refer to the gross salaries of public servants, just to make the situation look worse and to heap further opprobrium on decent hard working public servants.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Labour's Broadband Rating System Is Crazy

As if the Green lunacy of a Building Energy Rating system was not bad enough, Labour has now come up with the utterly ridiculous idea of a Broadband Rating System for properties being sold or rented. Once again, the dead hand of Government and the burden of oppressive regulation falls on householders and businesses. This policy is utter lunacy and interferes, once again, with the property rights of individuals. And, no doubt, there will be an industry of "Broadband Raters" developed with consequent added cost to the renter or seller.

Broadband is now capable of being delivered in many ways - telephone landline, cable, satellite and mobile devices. Increasingly, it will become a mobile service and not a fixed service at the property. Users will carry their broadband around with them, not have it fixed at a property.

Broadband facilities should suit the needs of the user, not the perceived need of a regulator, so the idea of a rating system is utterly ridiculous.This is another example of Government and political parties interfering too much in our lives and trying to dictate how we live, down to the minutest detail.

So if you are a property owner - whether a householder, landlord or business property owner - oppose this Labour Party folly and withhold your vote.

Labour Keep Giving Me Reasons Not To Vote For Them

Now the Labour Party want to negotiate a three year pay freeze in the public and private sectors. I can't understand how they keep introducing such anti-worker policies. Will they also bring in a tax increase freeze? a petrol price rise freeze? a rent increase freeze? a local authority charges freeze?

I am bitterly disappointed in what I am hearing from Labour and simply can't vote for them. What a shame.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Martin's Apology Not Acceptable

Michael Martin's apology for the destruction that his corrupt party, Fianna Fail, wrought on the country is not acceptable. He was there through all the profligacy, waste, mismanagement, gombeenism, croneyism and nepotism that went on. So I hope the Irish people will cop on to themselves over the next few weeks and that the opposition parties will expose him for the part he played in the disaster that they caused. It is utterly ridiculous that his satisfaction rating is so high and it makes me despair for Ireland.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

The Election At Last

Cowen has finally dissolved the Dail and given us the election that this country so badly needs. Good riddance to him and his disastrous government of Fianna Fail and the Greens. They did untold damage to Ireland; not just to the economy, but also to society and to our political institutions and public life. They threatened the constitutional basis for our democracy and discredited politics and the Oireachtas.

I am looking forward to challenging candidates on the hustings but, sadly, very few call to my door and I do not expect to see much of the cretins from Fianna Fail or the Green Party. If I do, sparks will fly!

Michael Martin cannot escape blame for his part in the disastrous outcome for Ireland of the economic and political actions of Fianna Fail and the Greens. He sat at the cabinet with a Taoiseach (Prime Minister) who did not have a bank account; with a Minister for Finance whose actions brought the country to the brink of ruin; with a Minister for Health who decimated our health service and handed over public hospital property for private gain; with another Minister for Finance who socialised the losses of a rogue private bank and bankrupted the country for the next two generations; with a ragbag of Green loose cannons and with such other luminaries as O'Dea, Coughlan, Carey and the rest. I will never forgive them for the ruin they have visited on the country and hope they are destroyed in the election.

Unfortunately there will be some stupid died-in-the-wool gobshites who, no matter how much devastation Fianna Fail and the Greens visited on the state, will still vote for them again. I can't understand it but hope that anyone who wants to reclaim our country for the people will vote for other parties. I do not agree with many policies of the other parties and already will have difficulty voting for what would normally be my natural choice, the Labour Party. I'm afraid their plans to visit even more misery on the families of higher earners is completely unacceptable to me. So I won't be voting for Brendan Ryan, for whom I have much regard. It is a pity, but that's the way it has to be.

I hope that the election campaign does not comprise a load of cliches and rubbish, as previous ones have been. Already, the ridiculous palaver over the Leaders' Debate is a joke and I blame the Media for that one - and Michael Martin, who started it.

I look forward to a fresh start for Ireland after this election and hope that both Fianna Fail and the Greens will spend a very long time in the wilderness.