He was on an hour ago on John Murray's RTÉ radio programme.
When asked by Murray about his banana Republic comments 30 odd years ago - Geldof launched into a tour de force about Ireland and Irish society. In his view not much changed. How can a society that forces its best and brightest to emigrate be anything other than an abject failure? Murray sounded shocked and then crestfallen when Geldof spoke about successful companies here to be rebuffed that a major motivation for their presence was our low corporation tax rate. He laid into the main parties, the alleged bankers and the pee poor economic reporting in the media.
The underpinning of his argument was that basically insiders benefited & the rest were screwed and the media at best failed but perhaps complicit. He quite rightly pointed the finger at the property supplements (anyone else remember Lord Sir O'Reilly and Commisar Harris' intervention on stamp duty?) That a form of mé feinism was endemic in the "elite" of whatever political party.These comments were a distillation of posts that I but many others have made over the years, only put with vigour & passion.
Try and listen to it on the podcast.
In fact I should download and play it back to which ever political canvasser knocks on my door next, listen to it instead
of giving my money to Cliff "Ryanair" Taylor, Anne "Aldershot" Harris and their minions on a Sunday and play it when Austin
Hughes or Jim "Soft Landing" Power come on the media next.
Geldof spoke about Irish people's resilience, creativity and openess.
We owe it to ourselves, to our children and to the past waves of emigrants to change society positively and to do it now.
People need to be more questioning, to vote sensibly, and hold politicans, business people and the media to account.