Does Honohan know something?
Honohan is a wily old bird. It would make you slightly nervous that he's suddenly decided his work is done and it's time to retire. It would make you wonder if he knows something we don't know. If the next year is going to be so great, why isn't he hanging around to take the glory and have a lap of honour? Is this wily old bird in fact a bearded, bespectacled canary in the coal mine?
Not being negative here or anything, but increasingly you wonder if we learnt anything. Or did we just go through the motions of saying our 10 Hail Marys for the lost decade and are we ready to get back to more of the same, except this time it's different, obviously.
It was odd last week watching the ghosts of banking past and present. The past guys mainly looked as if they'd been summoned in from the tennis court to pop in and do the obligatory mea culpa. It was shocking altogether what happened, they agreed, mistakes were made and so on and so forth. They could have phoned it in, or even texted or tweeted. #hashtagworstdayofmylife #sosozbvs sadface emoji.