Archive for November, 2013
LAST Thursday morning George Bernard Shaw was groaning in his grave.
The socialist champion of the far left Fabian cause would have been horrified. The playwright who left a third of his royalties to Ireland’s National Gallery would be shaking with disbelief. The Stalinist sympathiser who loathed the free market would have had a right to feel betrayed.
DO you detect the hidden hand of the mandarins in the current Freedom of Information shenanigans?
Mandarins love secrecy. Freedom of Information is a dagger in their hearts, a citizens’ disease seen by them as promoted by populist politicians.
TWO months ago Irish soccer was on its knees. Trapattoni had departed, defeated and dejected, leaving morale at rock bottom. We had a team of second raters, no tournament in prospect, a vacancy for the manager’s job and thousands of disillusioned fans.
Worse still, John Delaney and his crew at the FAI must have been haunted by the prospect of an empty Aviva stadium for years to come.
ARE there any mugs left out there? Mugs with money?
Ireland’s big guns were putting themselves about in force within 24 hours of the phoney euphoria about the credit line. Glowing with pride at the phantom return of our sovereignty, Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore took to the airwaves. Honohan braved David McCullagh on Prime Time while Gilmore boomed away at Cathal Mac Coille on Morning Ireland.
Both men can be forgiven for emerging to bask in the plaudits floating around Europe about what a wonderful job Enda and Eamon had done. European leaders are delighted with our craven leaders. It is a pity that there will be no relief for ordinary citizens at home.
More interestingly, the two power houses seemed to be on message about a looming crisis. Honohan began to talk openly about a taboo. The governor could not “guarantee” that we would not be forced to find billions to prop up the banks after next year’s stress tests. Ahem. We are being softened up for a massive retreat.