In the news today is Minster of finance Pascal Donhoe announcement that Ireland’s (Rep) national debt is likely to increase in the coming years. It stands at over €211 billion (with interest payments totaling nearly €6 billion – rte) and i believe that National Assets Management Agency (Nama) is not included in this figure, which would add €70/80 billion to it.
What can one say about our Debt which amounts to €45,000 for every man, woman and child in the “state”. Its money which has been badly spent shoring up banks, speculators/ property developers and so on. It has also been used to cover the decrease in taxes when the property bubble burst.It shows up the extremely poor financial management of Fianna fail and other parties, who put nothing aside for the rainy day. Corruption/ Graft by political parties is at the heart of the financial mess. They allowed the “swindle” of the Irish people by banks, speculators etc … who made big profits at their expense. However these same people (speculators/developers/builders) didn’t share their profits but yet made the public take the losses €??? billion. We could have modernized the rail network, built new roads,schools and hospitals, light rail and a metro for Dublin and so much more for that money. Yet bailing out the “fat cats” took precedent. Was that fair ?
Here are some links of interest-
Well well how time has flown.
it is all of ten years ago to the day when I was attacked by 2fm Dj’s Colm Hayes and Jim Jim Nugent. They failed to name me directly but put stuff out on “2010” (my old blog ferdia2010). It was very racy stuff indeed ! They asserted that i downloaded, “snuff”movies -untrue , stuff about “Whips” and whipping people, bisexuality and of course the smell !!
My character was assassinated and made to be globally humiliated but whatever happened their reason that they had to rerun the “Lisbon treaty” disappeared overnight and the Djs started putting out Death threats saying that they would “wrap a towel around my head” if i didn’t shut up. I wouldn’t be silenced or act guilty for those bastards At the same time i remember that my atm card wouldn’t work with the machines and I had to go into the bank to get money. That was a strange thing to happen.
Time went on and in September a member of the audience on Questions and Answers asked whatever happened to “crack of the whip stuff” they failed to answer the Question and the same night they rolled out the “Bank Guarantee” and more or less drowned out what they had done .
Attempts were made to sue RTE but the state did everything possible to block me from suing, they deleted my emails before i got them, the comments were stopped on my blog and I am sure they intercepted the post as well. I instructed a solicitor to sue RTE but he fobbed me off saying he hadn’t got a reply but then refused to sue when i found out he had got a reply. Also i had written to Sinn Fein asking for help but they refused to do anything , it was like be given a penalty kick and then refusing to take it. Something must be very wrong like being involved in the thing in the first place.
Brian Cowen and his government should have fallen but were kept in power by outside agencies .
In November (of 2008) i started my campaign and i started to assail the Dj’s who had defamed me, the pair of pricks Colm Hayes and Jim Jim Nugent, sewer rats they are . They couldn’t back up anything and became very quiet . I nearly got it out what they had done when events in Mumbai India blew me off the agenda again. I tackled the minister Mary Hanafin whose idea it was to come at me but met with stony silence despite being “flamed”.
My efforts to sue RTE and whoever else was involved came to nothing. The Lisbon treaty was put through without their scandal coming out. So its there to be undone. The whole episode had a serious effect on my health and i was quiet ill.
I dedicate this song “Nothing has been Proved ” to the DJs and Mary Hanafin.
St Vincent’s encapsulates one of the main – if not the main – structural problems within the Irish health service: the interweaving of the private and public hospital systems and all the perverse incentives its creates. At its very simplest private hospitals cannot prosper unless the public hospital system fails. Organisations such as St Vincent’s and individuals such as consultants with a foot in both camps have a vested interest in maintaining this status quo – if not to exacerbate it.
Aah yes the World cup has drawn to a close and France has come out the victor after beating the opposition Croatia 4-0 in Moscow. You could say the turning point(for France) in the match was the penalty they got for the hand ball incident it was a bit harsh and really didn’t look like it was deliberate, however France managed to get two more goals to put the result beyond doubt. It wasn’t the most exciting of matches but credit most be given to Croatia for getting all the way to World cup final. The tournament as a whole was good and was a big promotion for Russian tourism which has opened up a good way. Its a pity that Ireland (republic 26) didn’t manage to get to Russia, I say that the population as a whole would have had a pretty time. Maybe next time .
Just watched the Eurovision last night and was surprised to see Israel win with their song “Toy”. Not a big fan of Eurovision song contest as I find the music very below par for a big competition. Last night wasn’t any different but it seems people like it or so we are led to believe. Ireland came 16th which wasn’t a bad result considering the kind of crap the song was. Take a look at below and see if it is to your taste.
Amazing stuff is it not ! Google
Well the Oscars were held Sunday night in Los Angeles and they didn’t really differ from what has gone before even with the “me too” movement active since Harvey Wenstein exposure as a predator of women. The films were different obviously , however I noticed that Gary Oldman got Best Actor for “Darkest Hour” a portrayal of Winston Churchill in the early part of the World War 2.
Well now not being a fan of Winston Churchill (or British history in general) since he along with Lloyd George forced the partition of Ireland in 1921/1922. Churchill was somewhat of a war monger and refused numerous peace offers through out the war. Churchill seemed to very confident of the allies winning the World war 2 and often wonder why.
Anyway back to the films, a few years ago Michael Fassbender did a portrayal of Bobby Sands in the movie “Hunger” despite winning some awards for Fassbender’s powerful depiction of Sands during the hunger strike it was deemed too political for Hollywood and the Brits largely stymied the film. it seems that portraying a War mongering British pm is however acceptable. Suppose that people can make their own mind up.