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Untouchables? [May. 1st, 2014|09:17 am]
Tony Grist
Certain people- by force of money, power and connections- seem to operate above the law; they're the untouchables. But one never knows for sure. Until recently I'd have said these three guys were among them.

Max Clifford: awaiting sentencing for sexual assault.

Bernie Ecclestone:  on trial for corruption.

Gerry Adams: arrested for the murder of Jean McConville..

[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2014-05-01 09:28 am (UTC)
You've reminded me to bump "emigration" up to the top of my bucket list. Once the novel is done...nearly done now...

Untouchability is alive and well over here. It is a poisonous and corrosive force and along with unemployment it is the main reason why Irish people are voting with their feet. I am hoping that my partner is beginning to consider a move and that I can move with him. He is the only reason I'm still here.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-05-01 09:48 am (UTC)
Is Ireland really so much worse than anywhere else?

Tony Blair and his gang are still walking free in spite of having Iraq on their collective conscience.

And the Elm House child rapists haven't had their collars felt yet in spite of there being a list of suspects freely available online.
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2014-05-01 10:24 am (UTC)
I haven't heard of Elm House, must look that up.

There is a difference. The editor of the Irish Daily Mail has started a campaign because of the embarrassment of explaining that they have to have an on-site lawyer. For everything. The mere *threat* of libel is enough to spike an article. People cannot speak truthfully here. It's really flagrant. That was why the Pantigate incident caused so much outrage. I hope you read my blog from time to time and read about the one incident that caused me a lot of grief because I realised how restrictive the threat of libel is here. Libel = alienating the powerful.

Ireland is worse than many other European countries, by quite a few degrees. It is certainly worse than Britain, though the Savile news was shocking. I kept thinking, "but that's how Irish people behave".

Please believe me. Read my post about being silenced about being talking what I desperately want to talk about and regretting "going Irish" for that particular venture. It has made me mentally ill, so I beg you to take me seriously. We're corrupt.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-05-01 10:37 am (UTC)
Elm House: A male brothel in London where boys from care homes were regularly abused by politicians and celebs- including Cyril Smith and a number of equally distinguished gents who are still alive and haven't yet been arrested.

Fear of the British libel laws keeps a lot of stories like this from being properly reported. Maybe things are worse in Ireland, but they're certainly bad over here.
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2014-05-01 12:35 pm (UTC)
Google the examples I've mentioned above and you'll soon see there is no "maybe" about it. Do me a favour and believe me.

Savita Halappanavar would not have happened in Britain. Denis O'Brien's winning of libel cases and costing newspapers a fortune would not have happened in England. And the Magdalen Laundries and beating boys to death in Letterfrack Industrial School and Ann Lovett...

Please. Just believe me.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-05-01 08:52 pm (UTC)
Doesn't mean he didn't do it...
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[User Picture]From: veronikos
2014-05-01 03:38 pm (UTC)
Untouchables? No such thing. The graveyard is full of them.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-05-01 08:53 pm (UTC)
A pleasing thought.
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