Wednesday 7 December 2016

Gene Kerrigan: Better to flip a coin than heed a tosser

We can't allow the stupid elite who made this mess any further role in cleaning it up, writes Gene Kerrigan

Published 10/10/2010 | 05:00

Is there a neck in this country that's harder than the short length of blue steel that holds up Mary Harney's head? I think you know the answer to that one, but we'll come to it in a moment, along with the story of Ms Harney and her notorious packet of crisps.

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Ms Harney, of course, has her own opinions on the "tough decisions" she wants Brian Lenihan to make in the impending Budget. Poor Brian is snowed under with advice from well-off people. One of the remarkable phenomena of the Great Recession is the confidence with which the well-off toss out advice, as though their views amounted to anything more than a flutter of hot air.

Take Peter Sutherland (pulleeease!). The multi-millionaire banker was all over the papers last week, urging Mr Lenihan to cut up to €5bn out of the economy. Now, if I had told an admiring audience, in 2008, that Ireland could "confidently look forward to continuing growth above the EU average for the next five years and beyond" -- well, I'd be somewhat sheepish about offering any further economic analysis.

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