The two papers i read today referred to need for Cowen to do this. What should he say, if if does take this advice? My view is that he should say as little as possible, with no discernable soundbites, very little Irish and no management speak. Heres my suggestion. 'As you all aware the economic situation has turned down from the peaks of the celtic tiger. The causes of this are many and are as the result factors at home and abroad. No one in national politics or otherwise can say that they have not made mistakes. Our need now is to learn the lessons of the past to secure our future. The rate of government spending must be reduced. That is why in the budget took steps to correct this. There decisions were not made lightly. And there are more difficult choices to make in the coming months. I will take these decisions. During the budget I asked my colleagues to answer a patriotic call, they took a 10% pay cut. I will be asking others across the public sector to do the same. We all must play our part and that means buying from local manufactorers. However we should be positive, no matter how bad things may appear, or false comparisons to the bad times of the past or the negativity of commentators undermining our justified hopes, i am confident that we, the people of ireland, can get though this difficult period very soon. Go raibh agaibh go leir.'