Tuesday 24 January 2017

James Downey: Nyberg has left us to find the 'unknowns' ourselves

Published 23/04/2011 | 05:00

EVERYBODY is guilty. Therefore, nobody is guilty. Thus reads the widespread cynical reaction to the Nyberg Report. And this time, the cynics have largely got it right.

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Heaven knows, there are more than enough defects in Irish society and these defects were magnified during the boom. Many of us -- most of us? -- stopped thinking. We forgot basic things that we supposedly learned as children, for example that two plus two equals four and what goes up must come down.

Mind you, I can sympathise with Peter Nyberg. He comes from Finland. That country has had its troubles and made its mistakes, but it is famously governed in a rational and moral manner. He must have had a shock when he found himself in a country devoid of all principles and standards and ruled for 14 years, so far as any foreigner can see, by a bunch of idiots.

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