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Archive for February, 2009

Old Hat From Anglo’s New Boss

Monday

AN early morning head-to- head with publishers Penguin. “Where the hell is the book?” they ask, impatiently.

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Permo Board Clings To Office

YOU could believe anything of Anglo. If they turned up with billions in mafia money tomorrow, you would hardly blink. Anglo, a disgraced basket case, was singled out for nationalisation. It was staffed by cowboys, directed by zombies, audited by men with white sticks, regulated by a sleepwalker and chaired by Sean FitzPatrick, the ultimate insider.

Luckily Anglo operated on a distant planet. The other banks may have been reckless, greedy and unregulated. But that was where their common ground with Anglo ended.

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ESB Wildcats Go Walkabout

TWO cheers for the Green Party. Am I pulling your leg ?

No, not at all. Green Party ministers John Gormley and Eamon Ryan are showing more backbone as a small party in government than Labour or the Progressive Democrats ever did. Indeed, more backbone than scores of Fianna Fail backbenchers. And much more than Taoiseach Brian Cowen.

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Mother Ireland Joins PIGS

GIVE the banks a breather this week. Instead, let us fret over the plight of Mother Ireland.

Waking on Wednesday morning, I turned to my daily diet of the Star, the Mail, the Irish Independent, the Irish Times — and last of all, very reluctantly, the Financial Times.The FT is often a hell of an endurance test. Sadly, duty dictates that it must be done; but its bright pink cover fulfils a purpose. Just carrying it around gives the impression of financial expertise to those innocents whom you meet; but far more importantly, the large pink broadsheet conceals the small redtop tabloid wrapped deep inside it.

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