It was widely reported that those in the liferafts closest to the Titanic as it went down could clearly hear the Captain giving a robust defence of his decision to ignore ice warnings. 'I take full responsibility for all my decisions. As soon as the iceberg hit us I took decisive action to ensure that the first class bondholders were the first to the liferafts.' The rest became gurgled. The ship sank.It's just finished. Taped last night in the government buildings with Ivan Yates. Well worth tracking down the podcast simply because he doesn't do that many of them.
A very assured performance. I remember listening to him during the second Lisbon discussions and thinking he should be more active on the radio. Very commanding, on point and confident in his actions.
Main things to come from it:
1. No deal done with any FF ministers according to him. He's fully planning to lead the party into the next election, and if anyone has an issue with that "They know what the process is" which is to get the 18 signatures from the party and call a vote.
2. Spoke of his admiration for Alan Dukes in the 80s and his actions to support the government. Without using the words "Tallaght Strategy" he very clearly stated that whether in power or out, FF would support whoever was implementing the 4 year plan.
3. No apology or backing down over the IMF's return. He's happy with his communication.
4. The move for an election will be down to his decision and will take place once the legislation for the budget is signed off.
It's impossible to believe he'll lead FF into the next election, but it really was a good interview from him. Certainly didn't avoid any questions. You can see his electoral skills are there, and he's looking forward to tearing labour apart, but he had nothing negative to say about FG.
I didn't hear it but from time to time he's on formYou're obviously a fan of the Clowen then Sync?
But it's an FF plan, why would they oppose it?2. Spoke of his admiration for Alan Dukes in the 80s and his actions to support the government. Without using the words "Tallaght Strategy" he very clearly stated that whether in power or out, FF would support whoever was implementing the 4 year plan.
No, Brian, it's the Greens' decision.4. The move for an election will be down to his decision and will take place once the legislation for the budget is signed off.
yes indeed. Haughey used to reject all criticism "with contempt". Sheer arrogance. Cowen no different.very narky with Sean o Rourke today on the news at one..he rejected "with contempt" the assertion that fianna fail were in the "peoples pockets", its a pity he wasn't reminded of...Haughey..Callely...O Flynn...Cooper flynn...Ahern...Foley...Lawlor...Burke.. the list goes on.
A cornered rat springs to mind when I heard him today
Hey, go easy, punchdrunk - there's still over a million employed that they haven't got round to ruining fully yet, and the poor, blind, sick and widowed still have a few quid to pilfer.The country is BANKRUPT. Are you living in a bubble? Get real. We have an unsustainable national debt (with a likely default), 460,000 unemployed, a broken banking system and thousands emigrating. Would you call that coming good would you?
Yates is an ignorant, right-wing, mysongonistic mé féiner.Yates is a bluffer interviewer, would not hold a candle to Sean O Rourke. And because of his FG past he has to pull his punches. Knows whats wrong with the country, but when he had a chance to do something he ran away. He could be leader possibly if he stayed but chose not to.
Quite right, and he is certainly mysogonistic- dont know how he gets away with it. He is a bluffer to boot, wonder how his betting shops are going ?Yates is an ignorant, right-wing, mysongonistic mé féiner.
He ran away from political life because he wasn't very good at it and because he thought there was more money to be made in the private sector.
Mind you, he took his public sector pension of +48,000 (pin money) with him.