Thursday 21 September 2017

Brendan Keenan: Let's use our heads for once

Instead of arguing about strikes our leaders should pool ideas and limited resources to pave the way for recovery

Brendan Keenan

Brendan Keenan

'WHO reads the second paragraph?" snarls Walter Matthau as the ruthless editor in The Front Page. Jack O'Connor, boss of Siptu, must have seen the movie. Or, come to think of it, he may share some traits in common with Matthau's editor character.

In any event, he applied the technique, and the journalists gobbled the opening paragraphs with the blind instinct of hungry sharks. "Public sector workers must consider more strikes," was the gist of the headlines.

However, break the habit of a lifetime and read it all, in the original, and the most striking thing -- if you'll pardon the pun -- is that there is no mention of striking after those opening paragraphs.

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