Writing in today's Sunday Independent Shane Ross gives us a heads-up about his forthcoming book, co-written with deputy business editor Nick Webb. He says it is "an expose called Wasters -- about the wanton waste, corruption and chronic cronyism in Irish public life". It is due for release "in 6 weeks' time"
Ross has frequently been a lonely voice, warning us of the rampant corruption, strokes, cronyism and all the cute hoors who have been bleeding this country dry in the past decade or so. It's a pity people didn't listen to him more seriously. We might not be 'where we are' today if they had. I, for one, look forward to reading his latest book.Thanks to Penguin, we relate the secrets behind breaking the FAS scandal, about the deep throats who told us tales of corruption at the CIE-owned Iarnrod Eireann, about the tentacles of the Bertie Ahern school of political patronage and about the billions that have been wasted by junketeers, politicians, top trade unionists and other insiders. It is shocking stuff.
Monday afternoon is spent locking horns with our lawyers. As we have named names everywhere in the book, the lawyers are paranoid, demanding evidence to back the allegations line by line. Last year, the guys in the Four Courts took my book The Bankers to task, threatening to shred it to bits. This year, they are freaking. If writs do not fly when Wasters is published in six weeks' time, we will be gobsmacked. Skin and hair will fly, anyway.