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  • Bertie Ahern

    347 67.64%
  • Brian Cowen

    75 14.62%
  • Mary Harney

    6 1.17%
  • John Gormley

    2 0.39%
  • Brian Lenihan

    8 1.56%
  • Charlie McCreevy

    38 7.41%
  • Michael McDowell

    3 0.58%
  • Enda Kenny

    13 2.53%
  • Pat Rabbitte/Eamon Gilmore

    2 0.39%
  • Some Other Politician

    2 0.39%
  • Politicians aren't much to blame

    17 3.31%
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    Question Poll: Which politician is most to blame for Ireland's recession ?

    Ireland is in the throes of a massive economic crisis - spiraling unemployment , a broken banking system, a property crash - a millstone of debt, both personal and state, around out necks for at least 15 years to come.

    We are where we are ... indeed... but how did we get here ?

    Who got us here ?

    Who should have stopped us ending up here ?

    Earlier this week we'd a poll on which group was to blame, almost 500 readers voted and the results were damning for politicians, with 53% blaming them above all else.
    http://www.politics.ie/economy/12667...being-bad.html

    So which politician is most to blame ?

    • Bertie Ahern
    • Brian Cowen
    • Mary Harney
    • John Gormley
    • Brian Lenihan
    • Charlie McCreevy
    • Michael McDowell
    • Enda Kenny
    • Pat Rabbitte/Eamon Gilmore
    • Some Other Politician
    • Politicians aren't much to blame


    The above list is sorted A-Z and comprised of the Taoisigh , major party leaders and Ministers for Finance for the period 2002 onwards. I'll total up the results by party when the poll closes.

    So who is to blame and why ?

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    I think we all know that Paul Gogarty is to blame. As his name isn't up there I voted for the perjuring charlatan instead....

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberianpan View Post
    Ireland is in the throes of a massive economic crisis - spiraling unemployment , a broken banking system, a property crash - a millstone of debt, both personal and state, around out necks for at least 15 years to come.

    We are where we are ... indeed... but how did we get here ?

    Who got us here ?

    Who should have stopped us ending up here ?

    Earlier this week we'd a poll on which group was to blame, almost 500 readers voted and the results were damning for politicians, with 53% blaming them above all else.
    http://www.politics.ie/economy/12667...being-bad.html

    So which politician is most to blame ?

    • Bertie Ahern
    • Brian Cowen
    • Mary Harney
    • John Gormley
    • Brian Lenihan
    • Charlie McCreevy
    • Michael McDowell
    • Enda Kenny
    • Pat Rabbitte/Eamon Gilmore
    • Some Other Politician
    • Politicians aren't much to blame


    The above list is sorted A-Z and comprised of the Taoisigh , major party leaders and Ministers for Finance for the period 2002 onwards. I'll total up the results by party when the poll closes.

    So who is to blame and why ?

    cYp
    But what if more than one is to blame?

    The answer in my view is four people:

    1. McCreevy - for pushing the light-touch regulation regime.
    2. Harney - as above.
    3. Cowen - for maintaining the above and pushing spending up by €20b in four years, and pumping up the housing market price spiral rather than allow it to calm down, plus about 4 other reasons.
    4. Ahern - for allowing the above three to follow the above policies. And all four are linked to Anglo in various ways.
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    I gave the nod to McCreevy although to be honest I could have voted for Cowen too.

    The role of the Minister for Finance is to ask tough questions and put the welfare of the people ahead of the welfare of the vested interests.

    These two ministers for finance were clearly too close to the bankers and developers and did much of their bidding. These two politicians were ultimately responsible for financial regulation.

    They had day to day control over the finances, they were in charge of the regulator.

    Bertie to be fair spent a lot of time on the Peace Process and other mathers. He was not as in touch with day to day matters in the dept of finance as McCreevy and Cowen.

    Had McCreevy sense he would have tried his utmost to head off a property bubble, since all property bubbles end in a crash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TommyO'Brien View Post
    1. McCreevy - for pushing the light-touch regulation regime.
    2. Harney - as above.
    Did Harney not want the regulator separate from the Central Bank but was refused by McCreevy?

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    Who voted for Enda? Come on now, own up...
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    Has to be the Bert. Nearly went for Cowen but I had to go for Bertie. His disappearing act while it was going tits up was a despicable attempt to have no blame attached to him and as a result should be blamed more.

    He was also the Taoiseach for 11 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobert View Post
    Who voted for Enda? Come on now, own up...
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