One year ago every Fine Gael and Labour TD proclaimed that it was wrong to pay these failed private bank bonds, accusations of treachery and treason against Fianna Fáil; today we have Leo Varadker, Eamon Gilmore, Brendan Howlin and company telling us that not only is it the right thing to do, it's the ONLY thing to do.
A person of strong principle and conviction will not be easily persuaded that wrong is right - what does this tell us then about all those politicians? A few will make their weasly two-sides-of-the-mouth comments but not one government TD will stand four-square with the people against the ECB on this issue, not one man or woman of principle, not one with strong convictions.
This Wednesdday we will pay the famous €1.25bn Anglo bond (details here - http://namawinelake.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/black-wednesday-the-payment-by-ireland-of-e1250m-to-anglo-bondholders/); for 46 weeks and counting, in Ballyhea and Charleville we've been protesting the payment of ALL these bonds. Sure, that's an obscene sum on Wed, but what of the two bonds being paid today, both unsecured? Nearly €31m by Anglo, how much good would that do in this country today?
Anyway, here they are, this week's dirty dozen. Enjoy.