Wednesday 21 March 2018

Gene Kerrigan: Listen to the experts? I'm not so sure

It was callers to RTE's Liveline who were right all along about our impending doom, says Gene Kerrigan

OKAY, then, shut your stupid mouth. You have no right to an opinion on these matters. Unless that opinion concurs with that of the Minister for Finance. Should a dissenting opinion sneak into your subversive mind, you must not express it publicly. Leave it to the experts.

That's what Brian Lenihan said (or words to that effect), in a notorious recent speech. "Some of our [newspaper] columnists", the minister warned, "might question the value they can add to the debate". This rap on the knuckles, of course, also applies to all citizens who aspire to partake in the national debate of which newspaper columns are a part.

Heed the experts. "There are after all, very many accomplished specialist columnists in the area of business and economics."

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