Thursday 19 April 2018

Forget the 'easy money' option - we must use rat-like cunning to keep multinationals here

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy Photo: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy Photo: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Gerard O'Regan

Those of us of a certain vintage were sometimes tempted to take consolation from a much overused aside, uttered by a one-time high flyer in the world of Fleet Street journalism.

Nicholas Tomalin, having graduated from Cambridge, entered the cut-throat jungle of the national media with a certain wide-eyed innocence; he was determined to play by the rules.

But grim reality soon set in, and he realised survival in the sometimes grubby trade would require a different approach. The problem was that many of his competitors refused to observe any rules of engagement, imaginary or otherwise. In time Tomalin would develop a decidedly more cynical view of things.

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