In the week, the Ryan Commission reported on forty years of abuse at Irish juvenile prisons, known as industrial schools run by Catholic religious orders, and the conspiracy of the high and mighty in keeping the official more wholesome image of Ireland intact, an arsonist claimed credit for assisting in dousing the fire he allowed start and rage out of control.
Brian Cowen together with Bertie Ahern and Charlie McCreevy, through negligence and self-interest, head the guilty for responsibility, in the crash of the Irish economy.
His speech on Thursday night last, blaming the Opposition for the loss of Ireland's international reputation and claiming a "rapid recovery" is in store for the Irish economy next year, would not happen in most advanced democracies.
Given his own and his party Fianna Fáil's record of monumental misgovernance, people power elsewhere would have ousted such an appalling government from office and forced a general election.
In the past, "republican principles" were bragged about but the reality was grimly different.
The senior leadership of Irish banks have left or are on the way out, but Cowen like his predecessors, accept no responsibility for 12 wasted years.
What would suit him best is if the majority of the people remain as the eejits, Cowen' believes they are!
A Finfacts visitor made the following comment last Friday:
The guillotine is the only thing that this idiot Cowen would understand.
Either he believes the rubbish that comes out of his mouth, which means he is a
cretin, or else he doesn't, which means he is a lying, manipulative bastard. I
would prefer if it was the second, but I think it might be the first.
"The politics of the past" is about someone taking responsibility for the
dreadful state of Ireland's economy. Doubtful that this will happen, as
politicians need to fear the electorate to implement change, and there is no
fear in Irish politics. If FF lose power the life of an Opposition TD probably
isn't that bad, just sit on your hands and wait for the next election, bickering
over the minutiae, not addressing the real questions.....I really don't know
what it would take for a people power revolution, maybe the finances of the
country getting much worse.
I am coming around to the idea that the country actually needs some civil
unrest, needs the change and engagement that this might entail. The complete
inertia in the system seems totally incapable of coping with the requirements of
a small open economy.
Ireland's economic recovery will be dependent on America's but President Obama's isn't making economically idiotic statements on a "rapid recovery" in 2010 even though the recession is expected to end in the second half of next year: