Pinning the Blame on the Bankers?

A new crime is set to be established in Ireland if the Oireachtas pass a bill that Senator and Chairman of the Green Party, Dan Boyle, is planning to introduce. This bill would establish the crime of “financial treason”.

He said in a press release (taken from Corkpolitics.ie)

“Among the many reasons why there has been no action taken against known individuals working in Irish financial institutions whose greed and recklessness have brought us to where we are is that properly defined legislation seems to be lacking in defining this kind of white collar crime and fraud.

“I believe that there should be an offence of financial treason, carrying a mandatory sentence and huge fines, that would be applicable to defined individuals working in financial institutions licensed by the Irish State.

“There would be convictions on foot of any decision made knowingly by such individuals that result in reputational damage for the country, an unacceptable economic cost, or a loss of economic sovereignty.

“While much public anger has a political focus, and much of this is justified, the inability to bring to justice those whose self-interest and greed so undermined our national wellbeing, is something that must end, and end soon,”

This is all well and good and of course is populism at the highest order. If this was to be implemented, it wouldn’t change anything. No trials would take place, no fines given and certainly no one jailed.

Why?

Because this law cannot be retrospective. You cannot be tried for something that was not a crime when you committed it. Any trial that did take place would fall, as the “mens rea”, or the criminal intent, would not exist.

Despite this, I do hope this bill passes as it will allow us to hold bankers and others responsible for their actions. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do about the past, unless they have broken existing law.

Practical Reason to Vote Yes: Crime

Generation Yes have produced a fantastic youtube video giving a few practical reasons to vote yes on the Lisbon Treaty. This video gives a few reasons in the area of Crime, especially in the area of human trafficking and drug smuggling.

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Skimmer Update

Well following may last post on skimmers it was on the front page of the Evening Echo (Im the Bank Customer) but it seams the Ulster Bank on Patrick St was also hit by the same people and people have been caught by that one.

So people beware

UPDATE: Front Page (PDF)

Skimmers, Skype and other S’s I think of!

Well on the 6th of October I twitted about this incident, but i think it deserves a blog post also, mixed in with a few other things.

I was on delivery at work (Boots Patrick St, Shameless plug I know) but I noticed 3 people at the ATMs at BOI on Patrick St, not taking much notice as we had a huge delivery.

But on my breakfast break (I started work at 6:45am!) I was hungry and didnt have money on me, so had to go to the ATM, now I am not a BOI customer (I’m Permanent TSB but they are at the other end of Patrick St), but I use that one out of conveninece, but I noticed something strange where the cards went it. It was slightly the wrong colour and there were prongs were tehre normally wasn’t so I didn’t use it. (Went to centra got brekkie using ATM in the shop) SO i said it to the girls inside in work describing it and they agreed it didn’t look right. so I rang the Gardaí, as you do, first time ever. So i waited with one of the other girls for them to arrive.

She decided she should warn people (I’m shy, really I am…) so she was and the Gardaí arrived who told us two foreign nationals (I had identified the people at the ATM as being from Eastern Europe) where watching us from Argos, we were freaked!

Afterwards while I ws at work a Garda came in and told me what was in the device, a card reader, a camera and a TV Screen. Thankfully there was no transmitter so if anyone used said ATMs, its okay. Waiting on the Gardaí now to contact me about goving a statement and that.

But be careful when using ATMs!

Now I downloaded Skype last night (about time I know), but I must say it is fantastic soft ware, why I didn’t download it before I do not know. All I know is that it will make calling Kerry cheaper 😀

Im really hard to think of other S’s but someone has sent me a very interesting link which I must now blog about!!

So this post has been brought to you by the letter S

That so reminds me of Sesame Street!!!!