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Politics - The Business of Illusion

This weekend the Gardai of Dublin 4 could have been forgiven for thinking they had stumbled upon a massive drugs bust, when they came upon a mob in the RDS, seemingly after ingesting a colossal amount of Barbiturates and amphetamines. Well at least to you, me and the Gardai, the delusion and blatantly myopic view of the recent history that Fianna Fail have left with us, could only be condoned or promoted by a mob high to the hills on such a concoction of mind altering substances. Needless to say, the 73rd Fianna Fail Ard Fheis, was a drug free zone, and the Gardai could rest easy that the only laws being broken out there, were treason, drink driving, theft and fraud, all laws which Fianna Fail have vast amounts of experience in.

Yes, at a time when our country has been sent down the proverbial swanny, a 5000 strong army of Fianna Fail members graced the RDS with their presence. At a time when SNA's are being cut back and when nurses, teachers and Guards are being forced into retirement, some Fianna Fail members thought it appropriate to pose for pictures with Bertie Ahern, the man who singlehandedly destroyed our tax system and is still undergoing investigation for corruption. This is the same man who now charges €50,000 to tell the Nigerians how to run economies, after he destroyed ours, whilst insuring to get his massive pension in the process. This is the same man, who as a minister for finance, claimed not to have a bank account. Yes, sometimes I wonder, is it a trait of Fianna Fail or politics in general, that makes normally decent people ignore the blindingly obvious, and condone, in Fianna Fails case, the blatantly immoral.

If the sequence of events of today had happened 12 months ago, I would have resigned myself to judging it to be a trait of Fianna Fail to have such delusional members, members who decided to give Brian Cowen a standing ovation - This is the same Brian Cowen who in my, and many peoples opinions, is the worst leader this country has ever have the misfortune to have. But not today, not after a year of enduring the current crop we voted in. It seems to me the art of "smoke and daggers" is an art more prevalent of politics in general than just Fianna Fail, albeit hard to believe after todays events in the RDS.

What is it with politics and politicians that condones smugness and arrogance? Why do politicians believe it is ok to lie to people consistently for self serving needs? Is it a reflection on the people within politics, and their intelligence, or lack of it, that ensures that when you enter the Dail, you immediately have a licence to lie and bluff? At this point I must come clean, and admit to being a relatively inactive member of the Fine Gael party, well at least until a number of weeks ago. I always envisaged getting into local politics in a number of years, but only when I had adequate time. However, the past twelve months have given me a life lesson and ensured that most likely politics is a road I shall never venture down. Why?

I don't think there is a company on earth that has board members and directors (The Government), who are more interested in lying to their shareholders (The Irish People), to construct deals, that are to the detriment of the company they represent and get paid by, and to the benefit of a different, much larger company (The EU/ Banks/ Bond Holders). In actual fact, if this type of situation occurred in the private sector, these board members would be in breach of company law and would be duly punished. But not politicians, no, politicians live by a different code. A code of lying, silence, bluffing and ignorance. 

But wasn't all this to change? Weren't we told less than 12 months ago, about the tsunami of change that was about to smash off the walls of Dail Eireann, and wash tired politicians and politics out through the exits of our house of government. The tsunami might even wash away the discounted price-list in the Dail bar and the faulty phones which caused such embarrassment to the Healy Rae dynasty? On a week when it was revealed that just one politician, from an opposition party, relieved our office cupboards of a 40ft truck of printer toner, it seems that change is just a buzz word of politicians, a word to be used as frequently as necessary to keep the people quite. All parties are guilty and this is what upsets me most. We are after enduring the worse crisis this country has ever seen from an economic point of view, and not alone is there not culpable bankers and politicians in jail, but these culpable politicians are standing for photos and getting bigger pensions than most combined family incomes. This week in particular, thanks to a Fianna Fail Ard Fheis, a Sinn Fein td and a misguided belief that the Irish people had learned lessons, I find myself despairing for the future of this country and our people.  

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