Friday 23 February 2018

Antoin Murphy: We need a Super Prosecutor to end political circus

Antoin Murphy

THIS week, the Irish Independent produced a considerable scoop in releasing some of the Anglo Tapes. I would stress the word "some" as I have been told there are more than 125,000 tapes of Anglo treasury's conversations.

What have we learned from these conversations? At one level, the shocked public has now been appraised of the more-than lingua franca of certain bankers in treasury operations, a language that would qualify them for diplomas from the Roddy Doyle School of Oratory.

However, this macho jocose form of conversation is not unique to Irish bankers. Readers could consult books such as Tom Wolfe's 'Bonfire of the Vanities' or Michael Lewis's 'Liar's Poker' to be further shocked by this type of reckless conversation and behaviour that had been endemic in financial institutions and markets.

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