Or - do we really want a mad person from RTE as president?
I turned on the news the other day to be greeted by the crabby little face of Gay Byrne fielding questions on his possible candidacy for the Irish presidential election.
“We are being run by maaad people in Brussels” he opined, as property developer, Harry Crosbie, made a beeline towards him to pledge his support.
“Maaad people in Brussels”. Is that right, Gaybo? Well, there's me thinking we were run by maaad people in Ireland – run into the ground. Don’t go blaming the EU for the mess our dodgy political class, their developer/builder cronies and the fools who voted for them, made of the country.
It was not the EU who introduced the tax shelters and incentives and kept them going right through the property boom years. It was not the EU who cut capital gains tax from 40% to 20% after we joined the Euro. It was not the EU swarming like files around shit at every new apartment launch in a bid to get further and further into debt.
Sure Gay, it can't have been nice watching your bank shares plummet and your pension take a hit - but maybe you should direct your bile at targets other than the EU? Your own bad decisions perhaps? Speaking of which – don’t run for president... the whole thing is an awful enough joke as it is.
Sure, the idiot Irish public might well vote you in – which, in itself, speaks volumes - but it really would be a bad idea. Just enjoy your retirement, and let us enjoy it too.
It might be more frugal than you anticipated, but you’ll still be better off than many.
Next up: Dana's presidential bid.
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