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Wed, Dec. 20th, 2006, 10:10 am
Ooooh happy happy holidays.

Man alive, Haughey is judged to have been involved in corruption on a massive scale, his family is likely to be hit with charges of obstruction of justice and his estate is looking mighty tasty to the criminal assets bureau. Ahern (though somehow innocent of wrongdoing despite his signing blank cheques for Haughey to withdraw what the hell he wanted from the state coffers) is absolutely filthy by association and Ireland is taking a nosedive in the international corruption charts. Fine Gael and Labour have a king sized nail studded club to beat Fianna Fail around the head with come election time and to top it all off, Mary Harney and Michael McDowell are one day closer to the grave and faced with the decision between standing beside their coalition partners and sacrificing even more "principles" or abandoning their political position.

More days like today please.

Wed, Dec. 20th, 2006 10:32 am (UTC)
socmot

Fine Gael and Labour have a king sized nail studded club to beat Fianna Fail around the head with come election time

Doubt it. All this does is confirm the rumours about Charlie for years. People have made their minds up. Either he was a crook, or a great man who was somehow entitled to the money he stole. It's not much of a nail in the FF coffin. Now, if Bertie had been hit harder, that would have been some nail...

Wed, Dec. 20th, 2006 10:44 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

True enough but while Charlie was "a great fella" Ahern doesn't have that kind of approval, more of a grudging respect for the amount of scrapes he's avoided. This however is evidence of a culture of corruption from the top down in FF - something that does considerable damage to the "economy" because companies don't like investing in nations with a wholesomeness rating the equal of third world military dictatorships.
It has to be harder to think of Haughey as a maligned and harassed saint this morning too for that matter, he's a (posthumously) convicted criminal now.

Of course, none of this is to say that I don't think they'll screw up this particular bit of political capital.

Wed, Dec. 20th, 2006 11:09 am (UTC)
(Anonymous)

that is of course provided that FG and Labour manage to spin this one properly without ending up again looking like they're picking on the afflicted.

They really need better spin doctors (brain starts humming "michael D rocking the dail" at that confluence cause that's probably as close sometimes as they get!) but it looks like FF have managed to nab all the good ones.

Wed, Dec. 20th, 2006 11:14 am (UTC)
wyvernfriend

and that would be me where LJ decided to log me out AGAIN!

Wed, Dec. 20th, 2006 03:45 pm (UTC)
theadydal

Funny how it didnt' all come out until well after his death and after the installation finally of his son as a jr minister and in the week before christmas.

Bt the time the dail has returned after the xmas break the impedious will be lost.

Wed, Dec. 20th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

Yeah, it never fails and I'd put money on something coming out in the new year to overshadow it somehow, FF and the PDs aren't above chucking someone to the lions in order to make *that* the news of the week instead.

Thu, Dec. 21st, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC)
followthebird

I got a Christmas card from Mary Harney....

Thu, Dec. 21st, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

You should return to sender, once I've had a chance to "enhance" it a bit.