There is, as we say, a narrative.
It’s not hard to work out.
Sure, Fianna Fáil were to blame- but the blame was not theirs alone.
It was Lehmann’s, and the Greeks, and the banks, and anyone else you care to mention.
We all partied- remember that?
Mary Hanafin went on Marian Finucane’s show this morning and gave what can only be described as a a car crash of an interview.
It was filled with the kind of arrogance and ignorance that – in a functioning democracy – should ensure the death of Fianna Fáil and all they stand for.
She is not alone in adopting this narcissistic narrative; ever since the departure of Brian “Tweedle Dumbest” Cowen, the story has been the same, led by the cringeworthy videos of Mícheál Martin strolling around his native Cork, oblivious to the misery he had wrought upon it.
It’s worth pointing out to Mary and the rest that it was nothing to do with the banks, or Lehmann’s, or the Greeks- the blame for the country’s economic destitution lies wholly and solely with Fianna Fáil. As the biggest party in government during the boom, they had responsibility to manage it. They failed utterly.
The Greeks don’t blame the Americans, or the banks, or Lehmann brothers. They know they massaged the figures to get into the euro – if any bank bears any responsibility, it is Goldman Sachs, who dealt the cards for the three-card trick that fooled the rest of the world into thinking they were solvent.
But Mary does. What she doesn’t do is explain what the Americans or Lehmann’s had to do with runaway lending, an unrestrained construction industry, rampant rises in public spending and reckless endangerment of the country’s finances.
When asked a hypothetical question about whether the big Don, Bertie Aherne, should be thrown out of the party should Mahon find that he acted inappropriately, she held the party line- “let’s wait for that decision”.
Even on the deck of the Titanic, she cannot bring herself to point out the iceberg.
It is, of course, the party line, and as Labour’s quislings have shown since their rise to power and subsequent similar betrayal of the Irish working class, the party comes before everything.
Psychopaths are usually defined by a number of characteristics, often to do with amorality and criminality.
Key among them are an absence of remorse or empathy – given their inability to apologise to the people of this country for destroying it, it is not unreasonable to suggest that Fianna Fáil is a psychopathic party.
They destroyed the country. And they in turn should be destroyed. They should never darken the door of Dáil Eireann again.
Towards the end, Hanafin even had the gall to suggest that she is not done with politics.
I hope to god the Irish people will show her that politics is done with her.
Let that be our new beginning.