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Archive for February, 2009

Old Hat From Anglo’s New Boss


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


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.


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.


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.