Along with all the Cowen bashing, I note that there is also a lot of Bertie bashing. I do think that the downturn had finished any chance Bertie may have had of a future career in Irish politics as President, Dublin Mayor, EU Commission job etc.
What would Berties legacy be if he had stepped down in 2004 and taken a job at the EU commission? He was reportedly one of the contenders for the top job.
Would people be pining for the return of Bertie and the good ole days and blaming the current FF government? Would history be kinder to him and his administrations?