To: Taoiseach and Tanaiste of the Republic.
An Open Letter by Citizen Langwallner Letter to Mr Varadkar and Mr Martin
(With gratitude for inspiration to Émile Zola)
Mr Taoiseach and Mr Tánaiste, our joint vectors of neo-liberalism and neo-conservatism, may I address you remotely?
Would you allow me, in my gratitude for the benevolent reception that you gave me, Mr Taoiseach, at one brief Fianna Fáil fundraiser, to draw the attention of your rightful glory and to tell you that your star, and that of the undermining sorcerer’s apprentice that is the Tánaiste, so happy until now, is threatened by the most shameful and most ineffable of blemishes?
The world is now in meltdown, economic, political and societal, and it is Stage 5 Coronavirus meltdown in Ireland. Such a happy vista.
You have, of course, both passed healthy and safe through base calumnies; you have conquered hearts or fabricated and manufactured said consent.
Pre-Covid, Mr Martin and you, Mr Varadkar, were ostensibly prepared to preside over the solemn triumph of our proposed economic recovery which would crown neo-liberal Ireland’s great decade of work, truth and freedom or not.
In fact, no recovery exists apart from the siphoning of growth to corporate law firms and multinational agencies. Growth goes out of the country, or in the coffers of our corporate law firms and accountancy firms, and little firms and little people go to the wall as vulture funds, fronted by Goldman Sachs, move in. And Ulster Bank has now left. The sun has got its hat on!
The country is, in fact, controlled by vulture funds and vultures play on the dead or the about-to-be-dead plain people of Ireland and let us not like Greeks worship false EU gods. They certainly did not bail out Greece and now there are other hands outstretched in the begging bowl that is Europe.
Thus, the virus coupled with 2008 double meltdown, and NAMA has kiboshed everything. Meanwhile, Eurocrats enrich themselves with one last ride. Nero fiddling as Rome burns and surging inequality increases and Ireland, no more so than Greece, will not be bailed out.
But what a spot of mud on your collective names – I was going to say on your reigns – is the state of our country at a wider level. And it is to you, Mr Taoiseach, that I will proclaim it, with the sorcerer’s apprentice and demiurge that is Mr Varadkar, this truth, with all the force of the revulsion of an honest man.
For your honours, I am convinced that you are unaware of it. And with whom will I thus denounce the criminal foundation of these guilty truths, if not with you, the first magistrates of the country?
For given our political appointment structure and flouting of Bangalore principles, you are both, in effect, the judge superior to the judge penitent.
Yeats foresaw much earlier in September 1913 what they were like and nothing has changed.
What need you, being come to sense,
But fumble in a greasy till
And add the halfpence to the pence
And prayer to shivering prayer, until
You have dried the marrow from the bone;
For men were born to pray and save:
Romantic Ireland’s dead and gone,
It’s with O’Leary in the grave.
Or now just pray and survive? Pray to survive. The Hunger Games
The ostensible neo-liberal agenda is purely cosmetic and abortion, at one level, is a sideshow and involves the devaluation of life or a detour not to reflect on the value and significance of life. Though proposed euthansia might be at one level a choice which is now proposed It will certainly suit a neo liberal agenda and induce a cull or nudge a cull.
In short, it is an awful Malthusian and superficial agenda of false liberalism not real liberalism that is being promoted. It is a Malthusian human liquidation in increments. Corporate facsist disposal of the useful or as Céline clearly saw, and he was a fascist Mr Varadkar. in Death On The Installment Plan.
Italy is often portrayed as a paradigm of corruption, a kind of benchmark of the same with the toxic interrelationship between organised criminality and, of course the Christian Democrats.
As is historically documented, many very strange and indeed criminal actions were perpetrated and covered up in Italy by the Christian Democrats and their cohorts, the Mafia.
In Ireland it is a much more complex picture. Shabby lies and shabby cover-ups concealing a much more awful deep-seated multi-generational institutionalised corruption involving our Mafia, bankers, lawyers and politicians.
Why? Well both social structures are run by Catholicism or should that be the secularisation of same? Catholicism, unlike Protestantism, exonerates the cardinal sins of simony, nepotism and greed and as they are so intrinsic and crucial to the way the Catholic mindset works, they are normalised, institutionalised and expurgated.
A quick trip to the confessional and you are born again, absolved, washed clean. This, of course, encourages wrongdoing, mostly of a financial nature, as the soul is absolved and you can start wrongdoing again. Bless me father for I have sinned. Can I sin again?
It is a noticeable feature of Catholicism that its practitioners are obsessed with sexual activity and the regulation of same historically by religious orders and presently by the penetration, to use a barbed word, of secularised Catholicism into the activities of our largely disgraceful HSE and many family lawyers.
You were, of course, Leo, a Minister for Social Protection and are well aware of, how to put it delicately, the shortcomings of TUSLA and the HSE. None of this is to disparage true Christian belief, not much evident in Ireland, but extremism. Are you an extremist, Taoiseach, or a force of progress? The Tánaiste is obviously not a moderate. But can even Leo see the light?
You are presiding over a society where vulture funds break up entire communities and repossessions are destroying the social fabric. Where hyper-inflated rents and property prices make housing for most a factual impossibility. What lies are you peddling to our snowflake generation, Michael and Leo?
Now I have written extensively, but not recently, about the police but the following in snapshot and elaboration needs to be said.
First, the systemic framing of people for child sex abuse is or was in effect the policy of justice officials and the police. Was and is.
The segmented police inquiry under Peter Charleton, the McCabe tribunal, offered up a few sacrificial lambs pensioned off and sidelined but it did not deal with the larger structural problems of our toxic criminal police force and Department of Justice.
Further, the Supreme Court JC case which Hardiman J dissented, permitted the police to further perpetuate State banditry and criminality and frame people left, right and centre and have that framing upheld by the State.
The criminality of Templemore, of breathalysers, of framed allegations of sex abuse and their licensed thuggery. Legal niceties and false symmetry of the JC case are a total irrelevance if they give stimulus and support to criminals, that is to say State criminals, to inflict their criminality on us.
Ersatz logic, a McDermott J phrase, is turning a blind eye to the destruction of evidence and selective amnesia by justice officials. The Irish pattern after all is to cover up, divert blame and compress the truth into the blandishments of face saving and ass covering.
But of course, as you know fully, the McCabe tribunal was not an inquiry but a farce and travesty. And the Fennelly report was a joyous act in non-existent reportage. No structural solutions or recommendations. The official untruth. The official non-report cover-up.
Mr Varadkar, in a glimmer of self-reflexiveness, said, honestly, that the Department of Justice is not fit for purpose. In fact, it is the department of injustice and criminality. A toxic organisation from Berry to Aylward and beyond.
But of course Covid allows permits and gives the police more powers to destroy lives. the lives of others. Aided by the yellow dog press and the public apologists for State criminality among the highest reaches, if that is a meaningful statement, of our journalistic community.
The police force, as Mr Giuliani did in New York (a fellow right-winger, Leo), need to be disbanded and replaced by properly ethically trained officials otherwise it is martial law and our largely non-corrupt army that is the alternative. What is also clear from the ongoing report into the reform of police is that the culture of corruption is so systemic that reform cannot come from within.
In terms of the Bingham principles, the rule of law has broken down as the institutions of state themselves are knee deep in corruption. The gatekeepers themselves are not fit.
The raison d’etre of our commercial law firms is in fact to train the young in the joyous trade of tax evasion, or should that be avoidance, and in the redaction and concealment of documents in fake inquiries so the truth or allocation of responsibility never comes out for the architects of banking and fiscal collapse for that is professionalism but not, of course, vocationalism. Technical achievement devoid of a moral compass is very dangerous.
It need not be stressed that we are not in actuality a sovereign state but are controlled by Brussels, the IMF and the rather grey plutocracy of Canadian and American corporate firms, not least lawyers.
The Tyrrelstown eviction trial eventually lead, in fact, to the doorstep of Goldman Sachs as I discovered, to my horror. Should I have to take on a constitutional challenge to create a right to housing and prohibition against arbitrary evictions? Heaven forbid. I would imagine the reception would be far from warm. Perhaps I could do it remotely?
Further, nothing is being done to solve housing rental and purchase hyperinflation leading to conditions of liveability which further accentuate social decline and disintegration. Nama, a toxic bandit organisation which our friends in the north are prosecuting, has not provided public works or social and affordable housing.
Our Supreme Court upheld Nama as being in the national interest, yet seems perversely disinclined to establish a right to housing which only they could but choose not to do so or indeed a prohibition against arbitrary evictions an aspect of the right to housing.
The Omerta code in Ireland is breached by independence which, in the eyes of the establishment, blends too easily into class treason or as one far-too-sinister junior counsel reminded me, ‘letting down the side and not wearing the jersey’. But who are the traitors, Michael or Leo? And whose jersey are you wearing .
Independent mindedness is, in fact, dangerous. The stubborn obstinacy of resisting corruption can lead to personal ruin. Independence is not just a rarity in Ireland it is regarded as deeply strange.
A very prominent and pleasant Irish judge, a rarity, said of the late Adrian Hardiman, mentioned above, that, say what you wish, he was a voice of independence in the country, as if that was so unusual. But no more of him or his ilk. No more independent people in the judiciary who do not wear the jersey. Not more who are not one of us.
It is said of one high ranking civil servant that he knows where the bodies are buried and of course has buried them to serve his political paymasters. Such creatures in fact run the country by inaction, inertia, framed criminality, double dealing and as was evident in the redaction of documents in our banking inquiry, by the concealment of probative evidence which of course the courts also do with the utilisation of the doctrine of privilege to conceal state infamy and protect state appointed reputations of dubious merit. And then prosecute the just whistle-blower or threaten her or them with the same. not one of us any longer.
Critical and inquiry driven skills are not in abundance in our non educational system where history is now optional and this is also breeding a mindless conformity and submission to authority.
But if any serf gets disruptive and blows the whistle then they go the way of Ibsen’ s whistle-blower in his play “Enemy of The People”. They are ostracised, marginalised, traumatised, often prosecuted and turned into an unemployable gibberish wreck by the true enemies of the people.
Winter is coming. Winter has in effect arrived and so will the IMF. Barbarians are at the Gates. The Gothic tribes are setting the agenda and now the virus. the biblical plague.
Tier 5 lockdown in Ireland has led to the curtailment of all liberties. Ireland adopting the Singapore or Chinese capitalist model. The best boy in the class of corporatism from the Michael Smurfit school of business and the Sutherland school of law and the cleansing of liberties and dissent.
But perhaps and only perhaps a coalition of the centre left and centre right of the non-compromised NGO’s of civilised independent people can build a better tomorrow. I think not.
Such is thus the simple truth, Mr. Taoiseach and Mr. Tanaiste (to revert to the formal), and it is appalling, it will remain a stain for your tenure. I very much doubt that you have no capacity in this affair, that you are the prisoner of the Constitution and your entourage. I repeat it with a more vehement certainty: the truth marches on and nothing will stop it.
Today, the affair merely starts, since today only the positions are clear: on the one hand, the culprits who do not want the light to come; the other, the carriers of justice who will give their life to see it come.
I said it elsewhere, and I repeat it here: when one locks up the truth underground, it piles up there, it takes there a force such as an explosion, that, the day when it bursts, it makes everything leap out with it. We will see, if we do not prepare for later, the most resounding of disasters.
But this letter is long, and it is time to conclude.
I accuse both of you of neglecting homelessness, mass evictions, hyper-inflated and unsustainable living structures, the control of the country by transnational corporations and vulture funds.
I accuse you of the whole-scale abuse of civil liberties and the mismanagement of the virus and the dehumanisation of the Irish people by the imposition of a corporate feudalism with scant respect for any human rights.
I accuse you of facilitating the destruction of our healthcare system now on the point of implosion with the virus.
I accuse you of permitting and facilitating a criminal police force and justice department. And the higher management deserves to be in prison.
I accuse you of knowing full well that TUSLA is a corrupt entity and it should be abolished.
I accuse you of the toleration of the manipulation by post truth and spin an already dumbed-down media. I exonerate you, mildly, on the EU dispensation and flirtation destined to failure.
Finally, I accuse you by inaction and indeed action of treason or let us use milder expressions, a fundamental failure to understand the national interest and the interest of the Irish people and of indirectly or directly dehumanising and interning them, and frustrating any local attempt for them individually or collectively to earn a crust.
While proclaiming these charges, I am not unaware of subjecting myself to charges of treason. And it is voluntarily that I expose myself. So the perils are not inconsiderable.
As for the people I accuse, I do not know many of them, I never saw many of them, I have neither resentment nor hatred. To me, they are only entities, spirits of social evil. And the act I am hereby accomplishing is only a revolution to hasten the explosion of truth and justice.
I have only one passion, that of the light, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. I am waiting.
Please accept, both of you, the assurance of my deep respect.
David Langwallner is a barrister specialising in public law, immigration, housing and criminal defence including miscarriages of justice. He is emeritus director of the Irish innocence project and was Irish lawyer of the year at the 2015 Irish law awards. His column usually appears here every Tuesday and Friday ans sometimes Thursday!. Follow David on Twitter @DLangwallner