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Thursday 24 August 2017

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

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.

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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