There are some people who would like you to think that there is a new war, in fact a crusade being fought across Ireland and the weapons aren't guns and rockets but quotes from long dead but not forgotten politicians. I give you one Charles Stewart Parnell, 19th century politician, martyr and orator of this parish:
When a man takes a farm from which another had been evicted you must shun him on the roadside when you meet him, you must shun him in the streets of the town, you must shun him in the shop, you must shun him in the fair green and in the marketplace, and even in the place of worship, by leaving him alone, by putting him in a moral Coventry, by isolating him from the rest of his country as if he were the leper of old, you must show your detestation of the crime he has committed.
This was a call to arms against landlords, their agents or farmers who took the farms of evicted tenants. This "moral force" became the main weapon of the league. It soon acquired the name "the Boycott" after its most famous victim, Captain Boycott. Enough history as most of this is included in my wittily entitled and rather less visited than I would like post, 'Black & Tan Bastards.'
There are some people who argue that what Ireland has been going through over the past 5 years is comparable to the great Land War of the 19th century and by implication they are the inheritors of Parnell and Davitt. Since I've been in Ireland, I've become more convinced that ever that by simply putting some bankers in prison (Dave Hunt excluded, although I would check up on extradition between Ireland and the Diving Republic of Dahab), the morale of the country would be increase exponentially - More bankers in prison = Happy population
Instead of avaricious absent landlords and their thuggish agents are the banks and their diabolical servant, the government. In the place of the put upon Croppie and small tenant farmer, forced to walk the Long Acre, are businesspeople, SME's and owners of thoroughbred horse studs.
Whilst in the old days, it was the Land League leading the fight on the ground and Parnell rallying the troops in the House of Commons, today we have a myriad of organisations and self proclaimed mouthpieces such as Friends of Banking Ireland, Direct Democracy Ireland, Defend Our Homes and People for Economic Justice.
Businessman Jerry Beades heads up Friends of Banking Ireland and pops up at auctions trying to disrupt the sale of repossessed properties. He's presently in dispute with Ulster Bank, who say he owes 3.5m euros. Jerry's take on this is probably unsurprising
The courts are ridiculous. They are getting judgements that they can only wipe their arses with. I owe 3.5m euros - but you can't get blood from a stone...There are 400,000 who face losing their homes. It's a European problem. Europe has to accept that the euro is fucked.
Ben Gilroy, ex bodyguard and businessman is the public face of Direct Democracy Ireland and People for Economic Justice. Earlier this year Direct Democracy Ireland did fairly well in a by election in Meath and probably holds out some hope for future successes. He is eminently quotable as he has opinions on all aspects of the economic crash.
On British auctioneers working in Ireland:
Take your British accent and bring it back with you...I wanted him and his like out of this country.
On Michael Noonan (Finance Minister and Enda Kenny:
Gobshites. Did you ever see a face that needed to be slapped more than Noonan...The way that Noonan talks does my head in. He's such a conniving little rat. The President should sign in a new law - punch Noonan in the face every time you see him. They are two gombeen men.
On Michael D Higgins, the President:
The President is an atheist.
The legal system:
People who have worked all their lives and now are in trouble and are part of a family unit, are afforded no help. But still they'll pay for legal aid for some gurriers down the road who hits a girl.
The Freemasons Hall is just across the road from the Dail. I'd say every judge is in it - this 'help a brother in trouble stuff'. That Freemason Lodge is the second oldest and the second most important in the world. There is one lodge in every Irish town with 50,000 members.
Gilroy on Gilroy:
Don't call me a right wing racist - I'm not. Then make me look like a pussy and appear that I'm not strong in my convictions.
It's simply too easy to dismiss and mock Gilroy and Beades and all the other people involved in these organisations as cranks. The reality is that there are thousands of people in Ireland in danger of losing their homes or business' or both. The banks have made it very clear that they are not charities and they want their money back. There is a genuine feeling of abandonment and that the mainstream political parties have cut the vast majority of the country adrift in order to satisfy the troika, particularly the Germans.
Banks continue to send out letters telling customers that they need to either settle outstanding amounts or sell their home to pay off the mortgage or be prepared to be repossessed within weeks.
Because of this genuine fear it allows organisations like the Rodolphus Allen Trust to operate. As far as I can make out, they have convinced thousands of desperate people to sign their properties over to the Trust and they in turn promise to protect those properties from repossession. Quite how they intend to that is unclear as the Trust has so far refused to engage the courts, so there is no legal basis for their claims and the organiser of the Trust, Charles Allen is unavailable as he has decamped to the North, one step ahead of an arrest warrant.
Let's leave the last word to Ben Gilroy
We are a sovereign state abundant in everything here. We have fertile ground, but one in four children go to bed hungry because of politics. We could be the organic food centre of Europe and take control of oil and gas. Our government should issue debt free currency and we'd never have a national debt. We just need to print our own money.
Whilst perhaps not up to Parnell's soaring rhetoric, Gilroy is touching a nerve and promising the people a champion.