Plus ca change…

The month of january is named so after Janus, the roman god, who looked both ways at once. In ireland we need a numan that refers to speaking both sides of ones mouth st once. This would be useful for comparing our main centre right parties. As the saying goes, plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose..
Earlier this week I posted that no, we actually did pay the wretched promissory notes on Anglo in 2012.
Since then there has been an interesting reaction from FG supporters mainly, via email tweetefier and on other social media, asserting that no, we didn’t. It’s blackwhite, the ability to swallow and respout any statement the party gives no matter how absurd.
This denial of a reality is scarily reminiscent of the denial of and reaction to those who suggested that, in 2009, Ireland was headed for the precipice.
This shows two things, first, political operatives, of all stripes, especially the grassroots, have an infinite capacity for self delusion and tribal loyalty. second, Orwell was right…


2 thoughts on “Plus ca change…

  1. namawinelake

    I wonder how many of those same FG TDs consider themselves to have been paid their salary and expenses in November 2012. And if you were to ask them where the money came from to pay those salaries and expenses, what would the answer be – it would be from a pool of taxes and borrowings. And the borrowings come from the Troika and from the limited sale of debt by the NTMA.

    But to the extent that the salaries were paid for by borrowings would the TDs consider they were in fact “paid”?

    Because in March 2012 we “paid ” the Anglo promissory note by borrowing, firstly from NAMA and then from Bank of Ireland. Sure, NAMA is state owned but there was an opportunbity cost to the state in the NAMA loan for three months, but Bank of Ireland is an independent bank in which we own 15% of the ordinary shares and it is charghing us an interest rate on the borrowing for 12 months that has been approved by the board of Bank of Ireland.

    So to the extent TDs salaries are paid for with borrowed funds, are they claiming they weren’t “paid”. Are we not “paying” nurses and Gardai each month?

    It’s Janus in Wonderland.

  2. bjg

    Not so much Janus …. Politicos remind me of the holothurian or sea cucumber which is dintinguished by the fact that it breathes, and therefore presumably talks (or would if it could) through its anus. They have no backbones; note also that “Sea cucumbers have no true brain”. bjg


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