The 15th of December. The day the 'bailout' was finally forced upon the Irish people, most would say against their will. Sold to external forces in what I reckon will become a fire sale of all that was once ours. It's hard to imagine a bigger vote taken in this country in recent decades which will have so much impact on ordinary people's lives.
A vote won by 81 votes to 75.
81 names now forever etched in the history of this country as having allowed our sovereignty be sold, so bankers and developers and God knows who else, can get off the hook for their wheeling and dealing and sometimes corrupt lines of business. 81 Patriots. Don't make me sick!
On a day that it was announced that leading civil servants within the Department of Finance are to receive bonuses, some in the region of huge. A Department that has been the central figure for all of Ireland's woes in recent years. A Department whose head ranks as the worst Finance Minister in Europe. It all quite sickening really.
The Greeks once again took to the streets in a national day of strike action and there was running battles between police and protesters. Tear Gas and petrol bombs. One Greek Politician was rounded on by the baying crowd and was left bloodied as he left Parliament. EU leaders won't be happy looking in. Add last weeks clashes in London and the recent French actions and it appears to be a time of revolt among the citizens of countries currently undergoing ruthless austerity measures.
Meanwhile Iceland continues to march in defiance to the world. Not just the IMF, but they are also doing battle with major credit card brands in an alliance with Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, currently in jail facing extradition to Sweden on charges including rape. They are drafting a new constitution and holding some of their politicians fully accountable for their own economic collapse. A lot to be admired when it comes to national pride.
Where to now? Well, with an election looming after the Christmas 'break,' we won't be turning any corners any time soon. An election. It's almost laughable that we would even contemplate voting in 90% of these fools again.
Speaking of percentages... A poll in tomorrow's Irish Times will show Fianna Fail and Brian Clown with the lowest percentage points ever in the history of Irish Times polls. Will it reflect when it comes to the crunch at the polling station. Anything but a whitewash, well, it may be time to dessert the sinking ship and head for warmer climes. Who'll have me?