Re: Colm Keena on Bertie Ahern
Originally Posted by Sidewinder
Take the levels that affect people on a daily basis,
Taxation. The PAYE sector is consistently raped for tax, the wealthy have always sufficient loopholes to escape proper taxation, the professional classes make their own arrangements, and corporations do the same. If you are salaried, waged or paying PAYE in whatever form, you are the turkey for whom every day is Christmas Day.
The Law/Judiciary. We inheritedand unwieldy, creaking and frnakly odd system of law from the British and superimposed a theocratic constitution on top of it. Our laws on corruption and alcohol licencing are, in effect, dating from the time the colonial power was in control. The bizarre decisions of some judges provoke mild outrage for a few days but fade away. The fact is that our judicial system, like so much else, is not fit for purpose.
Policing. Like so much else in Ireland, political interference is never far away from this area of public life. To the point, I would suggest, that law enforcement is encouraged to be selective. Enforcement against the poorer sections of society is never in short supply but try to enforce the law in the area of white collar crime and we see something different. A lot of white collar crime has been legislated away, or indeed enabled specifically by act of parliament. In the US, the law is appliled across all sections of society. Celebrity tax dodgers like Martha Stewart and Leona Helmsley get the full force of the law applied to them. Not in Ireland.
Local government. This basically is a castrated series of eunuchs, dependent of the largesse of Phil Hogan. A mess and a by word for forty years of planning corruption, mainly by Fianna Fail criminals.
Basically, there is no faith anymore in the institutions of state. Constantly undermined by corrupt politicians, the belief in and support for basic foundation istitutions of state are ebbing away alarmingly fast. The church is becoming completely Irrelevant, respect for the law among the middle classes, usually a strong source of support for it, is melting fast and the reputation of politics and the probity of banks is in the sewer.
I have a nephew. He has his last year at university coming up. As soon as he is qualified he is off. He will do his masters abroad, probably in a foreign language. He has become fanatically single-minded about this because, as he put it, "I can't be doing with cowboys and criminals in charge of the place".
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