The Punt: No room for niceties as AJ quotes greats to good effect
AJ NOONAN, the chairman of the Small Firms Association, learns from the best. In a brief speech at the organisation's packed annual lunch in Dublin yesterday, he managed to fit in quotes from two of the best speakers the world has ever known: John F Kennedy (right) and our own Oscar Wilde, recently recognised as the most quoted man on Earth.
"Today I ask you, minister, not what the Government can do for small business. Rather, take a message from here – and that message is to recognise what small business can do for this country," he implored the equally well-spoken Transport Minister Leo Varadkar.
"Unlike Oscar Wilde's cynic we understand the value of things as well as the price and we live in hope that you and your colleagues in the Government, our state agencies and our financial institutions will see our value to this nation."
He was slightly less eloquent, however, when it came to the banking system. "They need to privatise AIB as quickly as possible and get that thing going," he told us bluntly.
The time for sensitivity and niceties has long since passed when it comes to the country's lenders.