March 11, 2009
Maybe Ireland needs a different system of government whereby the cabinet is appointed based on their backgrounds and abilities rather than on political BS. The current raft of deputies in Dail Eireann seem to be mostly teachers, solicitors or farmers. I have nothing against any of these professions but we need economists, and business people at the helm now to get through this mess in one piece. Names like David McWilliams, Morgan Kelly, Alan Ahern, come to mind. Even successful business people (non builder variety) like Peter Sutherland, Dermot Desmond and Tony O\’Reilly. These are the kind of people who should be taking these really hard decisions. Not clowns like Cowen, Linehan and the cosseted civil servants in the department of Finance who have never had to make a hard decision or put their careers on the line at any time during their employment.
Maybe the Americans are doing something right.