Lenihan: "What makes me angry is those who have brought us to this place"

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Lenihan: "What makes me angry is those who have brought us to this place" [BBC]

In an interview with the BBC's Robert Peston broadcast this morning Brian Lenihan said

"What makes me angry is those who have brought us to this place"


Yes Brian - how do you have the gall to say that whilst keeping a straight face I wonder?


Interview is here

BBC News - Today - Ireland 'has weathered the storm'


Rules out again burning the bondholders.

Also a good article about the situation

BBC - Peston's Picks: Why Ireland can't afford to punish reckless lenders to its banks
 
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In an interview with the BBC's Robert Peston broadcast this morning Brian Lenihan said

"What makes me angry is those who have brought us to this place"


Yes Brian - how do you have the gall the say that whilst keeping a straight face I wonder?


Interview is here

BBC News - Today - Ireland 'has weathered the storm'


Rules out again burning the bondholders.

He's pissed with Cowen and Ahern?
 

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This is a clear admission of incompetence.

This useless fool sat around the Cabinet table, took the big salary, and now thinks he can laugh off the consequences of his decisions.
 

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I thought FF weren't going to play the blame game. We are where we are.......

I won't watch the interview the more i see FF ministers the more i want to smack them.
 

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The man has no shame, none at all. What a worm.
 

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The FF strategy of split personality is beginning to kick into overdrive. The ability to damn those responsible as if you were a victim while you were responsible in a collective sense being a member of the parliamentary part and/or cabinet is extraordinary. (O'Dea [excessive punishment for his misdemeanour], Ahern [Lehmans sweet Jesus!], Cowen [Lehmans sweet Jesus!], Lenihan [Who can he possible be talking about])
 

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Still acting like he never attended a Dail vote or was present at a cabinet meeting until 2 years ago, is any journo going to actually pull him up on this?
 

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It's like a never ending pantomime.

He and Cowen were hopelessly out of their depth (and quite possibly out of their heads?) when they were outflanked and hoodwinked by banks, developers and bondholders who have dumped the entire bill on the taxpayer.

Now he wants to lump the blame for his own stupidity and naivete on a few convenient patsies like Fitzapatrick and Neary.
 

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By the time Brian Lenihan became a minister, surely the vast majority of the damage was already done here?

One can argue ad nauseum about whether he has taken the right decisions since taking office, but none of his choices have been easy, and its quite possible that we are screwed no matter what he did.

Why all the venom? Perhaps privately he feels the mcreevey/aheren/clowen axis did screw everything up but just can't say so for obvious reasons?
 

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This is a clear admission of incompetence.

This useless fool sat around the Cabinet table, took the big salary, and now thinks he can laugh off the consequences of his decisions.
Just like O'Dea he obviously decided the Constitution's guff about the cabinet responsibility was something that only applied to the "good news" and not to the "hard stuff".

This is just great though - hopefully it'll be picked up somewhere that will register in the peanut-sized brains of the average FFer who will have to ask the awkward question..."but Sir Landahand - wasn't it really all Lehmann's fault?"
 

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By the time Brian Lenihan became a minister, surely the vast majority of the damage was already done here?

One can argue ad nauseum about whether he has taken the right decisions since taking office, but none of his choices have been easy, and its quite possible that we are screwed no matter what he did.

Why all the venom? Perhaps privately he feels the mcreevey/aheren/clowen axis did screw everything up but just can't say so for obvious reasons?
He was a Super Junior (i.e. participated in Cabinet Discussions) before he was appointed a full Minister. He is as responsible as the incompetents you name.
 

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This is a clear admission of incompetence.

This useless fool sat around the Cabinet table, took the big salary, and now thinks he can laugh off the consequences of his decisions.
I just finished off a post when it came back to me....this from the FF*cker who missed the €7bn "deposit" in Anglo, this is the FF*cker who amended the law to allow Seanie pay off his kids loans, this is the FF*cker who claimed to know all about the scale of the banking problem and claimed he wasn't rushing into anything....what a joke.
 

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By the time Brian Lenihan became a minister, surely the vast majority of the damage was already done here?

One can argue ad nauseum about whether he has taken the right decisions since taking office, but none of his choices have been easy, and its quite possible that we are screwed no matter what he did.

Why all the venom? Perhaps privately he feels the mcreevey/aheren/clowen axis did screw everything up but just can't say so for obvious reasons?
I'd agree with most of this. You can't say you're "Angry at those who brought us to this place" without being angry at Ahern and Cowen.
 

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I just finished off a post when it came back to me....this from the FF*cker who missed the €7bn "deposit" in Anglo, this is the FF*cker who amended the law to allow Seanie pay off his kids loans, this is the FF*cker who claimed to know all about the scale of the banking problem and claimed he wasn't rushing into anything....what a joke.
Didn't read the PWC report. Admitted raising VAT was stupid. Needed 3 attempts to get his first budget in. But he's sick, you can't criticise him.
 

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He was a Super Junior (i.e. participated in Cabinet Discussions) before he was appointed a full Minister. He is as responsible as the incompetents you name.
How is he??? He had no power, he was not responsible for decisions, he wasn't even in Finance.

I hate to go against the grain of the Lenihan-bashign fraternity on this board, but you are trying to re-write history here. The damage in this country was done from 2000-2005.

BL was not a significant player in any sense of the word in any department that could have made any difference at the time.

By all means criticise whats been done subsequently.
 

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By the time Brian Lenihan became a minister, surely the vast majority of the damage was already done here?

One can argue ad nauseum about whether he has taken the right decisions since taking office, but none of his choices have been easy, and its quite possible that we are screwed no matter what he did.

Why all the venom? Perhaps privately he feels the mcreevey/aheren/clowen axis did screw everything up but just can't say so for obvious reasons?
None of his choices have been GOOD or well informed. Since he took over we've seen:
  • Bank guarantee
  • NAMA
  • Over payments for AIB stake
  • Anglo bailout

Before Brian there was a global crisis that's now nearly over - since Brian there's been the biggest single transfer of wealth from taxpayer to private individuals ever - making Cromwell look like a socialist - and he's now playing the blame game...can any decent Irish journalist really stand for this?
 


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