Monday 18 December 2017

Tapes hold a mirror up to a rapacious, delusional culture

Gerard O'Regan

Is there anything as juicy as being able to listen in to somebody's private phone calls, and savour every syllable of what is being said with a legitimate sense of moral justification?

That has been one of the less important benefits of this week's exposé of the Anglo Tapes by this newspaper – surely a landmark example of agenda-setting investigative journalism.

The jokes, the guffaws, the giggling, the laughter, the put-down of various personalities in the financial and political spheres and the cynical, self-serving, other-worldly tone of it all make the tapes compulsive listening.

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