" A wealth of information..."

"1169 And Counting is a wealth of information on our Republican past and present , and demonstrates how the Irish political landscape , like that of any nation, will never be a black and white issue..."

(From the ‘e-Thursday’ section of the ‘Business Week’ supplement of the ‘Irish Independent’ , 21st August 2008.)



IRISH BLOG AWARDS 2017 - ooops! It seems that our entry application was "not completed in time to be considered.." (?) and, as such, we are not now in the running. But we wish all the best to the successful entrants and to the organisers, and we hope all goes well for them on the day!


Saturday, April 27, 2013

'THEY HAVE US WHERE THEY WANT US...'

DON'T FORGET YOUR HOVEL IF YOU WANT TO PAY SOME TAX.....

From 'The Daily Star' newspaper , December 2012 : he was right then and he's still right, unfortunately.

"There’s no doubt they have us where they want us. We seem to have become a nation of docile, obedient shit-takers with a few exceptions the same galoots are in the driving seat, the banking elite have become, if anything, even more arrogant, the PAYE workers,the poor, the elderly, the infirm, the special needs, these are the ones paying for the sins of the greedy…for the laissez faire attitude of Bertie Ahern and his Government,the Ray (Dublin Bay) Burkes,the Pee Flynns and Ray McSharry’s and their team of lickers, the Brian Cowans, Mary Hanaffins, Mary Coughlans, Mary Harneys most of them, and many others, gone out to (the very long) grass with awesome pensions.

The Johnny Ronans, Bernard McNamara’s,Tom McFeeleys, and their numerous counterparts are still lingering at the trough.The nameless Banker Tycoons who fed these monsters endless millions to chase sick fantasies, to fuel helicopters and Maybachs, champagne swilling lifestyles, endless acquisitive ego-boosting and criminal behaviours....all these lauded by the same Bertie who suggested that those who tried to call a halt, would be better of committing suicide....what a dirty slur that was. What sort of a (repeatedly elected) leader cur would utter such a crass and low exortation to his electorate from the platform...at a time when thousands of families were suffering the pain of such loss and deprivation...they seem to have us where they want us alright...supine on the couches of the nation, hypnotised by Football, X Factor and Downton Abbey. We are back again at the same spot...countless thousands pay the price..."
(From here.)

Christy Moore has had it 'sussed' for decades now - most of the people in this State have no limits when it comes to the amount of financial abuse they will take from the political class in Leinster House and/or local councils in relation to how and when etc they must pay new taxes (bin , household , property, water) even though those services are supposedly paid for already by taxes stopped from wages when you earn money, so-called 'Value Added' taxes when you purchase items and 'Deposit Interest Retention' taxes when/if you save some of your income.

The wealthy politicians that use or change State law to impose these restrictive , unjust and double taxes have cheapened a political format in this corrupt State that wasn't worth tuppence to begin with but , to give credit where it's due , they know their 'market' : most of the people in this morally and financially bankrupt State are apparently infected with what appears to me to be a strain of self-loathing and/or an inferiority complex whereby they believe they are powerless to challenge the system and effect change. Until that attitude changes , those that have not yet challenged both the system and those that operate the system can expect to be 'rewarded' by more new taxes and/or an increase in the present taxes , while those of us that are challenging the corruption in this State will continue to be misrepresented by the State , its agents and its supporters as 'troublemakers/dissidents/layabouts'.

If you haven't already done so , you can join or support the 'troublemakers/dissidents/layabouts' as we campaign to (re)introduce common-sense into the political sphere in this whole country or you can continue to allow yourself the easier option - to be temporarily distracted by "....football , X Factor and Downton Abbey.." . Incidentally , I have no interest in football (as readers of my raffle reports know!) and attempted (but failed) to sit through one episode each of X Factor , Downton Abbey and assorted other belly-fluff television , only to remove myself from the TV room , puzzled as to why anybody would choose to watch pretend drama when there is more than enough actual drama in the real world to keep us occupied ?

Finally , on a related note, we are working on a story at the moment
(which we will have ready for our usual Wednesday night post, if not sooner) in connection with the real poverty experienced by those who , in fear, pay all that is demanded of them at the expense of actually feeding themselves and their families. Our story will relate what happened within hours of a local supermarket having to dispose of huge amounts of foodstuffs after an in-store incident....

Thanks for reading, Sharon.