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  • State of the Nation, Gargantuan and Jargontuan.

    January 28, 2009 @ 12:48 pm | by Harry McGee

    Last August I wrote a story that Brian Cowen was planning to deliver a state of the nation address sometime in September (see the original story here) . It was sourced impeccably, from a minister who should know these things. (more…)

  • Is Cowen really straight out of Nob Nation?

    January 24, 2009 @ 1:06 pm | by Harry McGee

    Mark Hennessy’s assessment on Cowen this morning is great stuff (here’s the link but don’t dare click it till you reach the end!)

    It raises a number of pertinent and searching questions about  Cowen’s style of leadership that have been touched on here and elsewhere. In the broadest sense they are: (more…)

  • 44

    January 20, 2009 @ 6:10 pm | by Harry McGee

    This time 16 years ago I was in Washington to see the inauguration of No 42, Bill Clinton.

    Like now, it was a freezing January in the city. I can remember all the contrasts. Clinton was a huge fan of the saxophone and could play it some.

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  • Lost in Translation

    January 14, 2009 @ 5:52 pm | by Harry McGee

     I wish I had come up with that juicy little expression to describe the lather over the International Monetary Fund today. (more…)

  • You think it’s all over?

    December 19, 2008 @ 9:33 pm | by Harry McGee

    If you read only one column this weekend, read Paul Krugman’s column about the lessons from the Bernard Madoff fraud in Friday’s  New York Times. (Here’s the link)

    Madoff was a bastion of the New York financial world. Krugman notes that he a “brilliant investor (or so almost everyone thought), philanthropist, pillar of the community”. (more…)

  • The Green Light

    October 28, 2008 @ 12:18 pm | by Harry McGee

    A scene from George Orwell’s 1984 that has stayed with me since I read the novel as a teenager is when Winston Smith asks a friend does he have any spare razor blade as he has been using his own one for months.

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  • How would Bertie have coped?

    October 22, 2008 @ 11:25 am | by Harry McGee

    Bertie Ahern broke his leg yesterday. It could have been worse: he could have ended up having his reputation shattered into smithereens like Brian Cowen did.

    The former Taoiseach’s mí-ádh brought him back to public attention and prompted questions about how he would have weathered this particular storm. Over the weekend, his brother Maurice made an intervention saying that the Anorak’s political smarts were such that he would never have allowed the medical card measure through in that form.

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  • What a mess

    October 20, 2008 @ 5:54 pm | by Harry McGee

    When you are writing a news story there is always going to be hyperbole. But when it comes to over-the-top reporting, all newspapers are equal but some newspapers are more equal to others.

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  • The Silver Revolution

    October 17, 2008 @ 11:37 am | by Harry McGee

    RTE broadcast a documentary in the past few weeks about Ireland’s student ‘revolutionaries’ of the late 1960s. Once they finished university, three of the four (Ruairi Quinn, Una Claffey and Kevin Myers)  began a journey that is all too familiar in the west… from left wing to centre (and to the right in once case) and from outsiders to pillars of the establishment. Anyone who flicked through at the CVs of the New Labour frontbench during Tony Blair’s first two terms would have discovered a rag bag of communists, hard-left student politics leaders, Marxists and Trotskyite (Jack Straw, John Reid, David Blunkett etc) who had back-flipped totally.

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  • Do you feel our pain?

    October 14, 2008 @ 10:43 pm | by Harry McGee

    Where do we begin? Do we begin today and make a call on if Brian Lenihan’s Budget debut was good or bad? Do we ask if he went far enough? Or if he went too far?

    Or do we begin in July when somebody down in the hull discovered that the boat was leaking? Cap’n Cowen and First Mate Lenihan went down and investigated the damage, decided that they would have to throw some of the valubale ballast overboard to keep the ship afloat? Or in the months since then when leaks have sprung all over the place making the ship of State list to almost the horizontal? (more…)

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