blame the global economic downturn for the global recession.
blame bertie for the housing bubble, the high government and senior civil servant pay, the reckless squandering of billions of euro on his watch, the poor health service, the lack of efficient public transport, the dependance on foreign companies creating jobs, the lack of any coherent economic policy.
Not sure where I heard it, but when El Berto was heading out to New York recently en route to giving his 150 bucks a plate dinner and speech in Honduras (of all places), he ran into a bunch of Northside brickies in immigration clearance in Dublin.
"Howyiz, lads?" mumbles the Bert. "Off for a bit of shopping are yiz?"
"F uck you, you criminal c unt," comes the reply. "We're having to emigrate because of you!"
A sanitised version of this anecdote appeared in a number of newspapers.
Miriam Lord had a sanitised (just a tad) version a few months ago:
MIRIAM LORD'S WEEK - The Irish Times - Sat, Feb 21, 2009
Funny article, well written. Wouldn't it be great if some other foreign development agency asked BA to give a paper entitled "Political Taxidermy - Stuffing Big Cats Without Being Scratched"
I had to kick out the FF local election candidate out of the shop last. Nice girl, but I had to tell her that she wasn't welcome.