- Dec 5, 2009
Why is this woman allowed to express her opinions in a major column? She is not able to see what is in front of her face, and what she does see, she applies faulty analysis to. Some select snippets from her article today (http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2010/0930/1224279988580.html):
Here she sets the tone ala Isabel Morton or as Martin Mansergh puts it, "Respect your betters".I winced and glanced surreptitiously around the breakfast room full of white, besuited, distinguished men studying their copies of the WSJ. Would they be calling their brokers straight after the eggs Benedict?
But do you 'get it' that the only way we can take the correct actions that will inevitably serve to create our future, is only by openly and honestly examining where we have come from - no matter how unpalatable that may be? That's by far the most important thing we need to do in these times.We are where we are. I get that too. Sometimes, you need to shut up because the big picture is what counts.
Not one person in the entire thinking world at that time really believed that what was facing us was a liquidity crisis. At that time bank shares had lost 80% of their value - what fool would believe that liquidity would account for such a drop. The writing had been on the wall for a long time. - How many property booms and busts in history were there to look towards for a true indication of the state of affairs?When the legislation on the guarantee was being put through the Dáil, Michael Noonan specifically asked Brian Lenihan if this was a liquidity or a solvency problem. He was assured it was a liquidity issue and on that basis Fine Gael, unlike Labour, supported the guarantee. They believed what they were told and acted in the national interest.
The property pin for example was holding up clear evidence of Lenihan's lies way back in 2008. P.ie in more recent times has come to see through Lenihan's lies. There are numerous threads illustrating it. The mainstream media is the only channel holding him up as a non-liar, and that says a lot. I don't doubt either that he was appalled by the scale of the disaster, but likely for different reasons than you or me. And as for this assertion being innanely repeated in the mainstream media recently that 'the banks lied to us', that is beside the point... The real point is 'the establishment' indeed knew what was in front of them, but there was a systemic, institutional collusion (tacit) at national level, and refusal to acknowledge the facts and figures that were well in the public domain.Let me be clear: I don’t think Lenihan lied. The banks lied to him and they’ve been lying ever since. I believe he is just as appalled by the scale of the disaster as we are. But he was conned, and he has to accept that makes it difficult for us to greet hope-based job targets of 300,000 with anything more than disdain.
Pure Orwellian double think and the last refuge of the scoundrel. You have no right to be filling the public with your bull, Carey. Get lost.Patriots established the Dáil. Patriots would show up in it to tell Irish people the least they deserve – the truth. Otherwise, what was it all for?