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Bertie: Business Guru July 27, 2011

Posted by Garibaldy in Capitalism, Crime, Fianna Fáil.

Perhaps that headline should read Bertie: Business Gubu instead. Today’s Irish Independent brings us news that Bertie Ahern is charging American businesses $40,000 a time for a lecture on how he transformed the Irish economy during the boom times, and is offering tips on how to succeed in business (presumably proper accounting procedures are not high on that list).

In his latest lecture — entitled ‘Prime Minister as CEO’ — he tells listeners to adopt Ireland’s Celtic Tiger as a model of economic growth.

His fee, which is listed as being more than US$40,000, is in the top bracket and shared by just 57 other mostly American speakers, including former US President George W Bush.

But it is his speech on the economy which promises to reveal how Irish citizens accepted “short-term sacrifices to achieve long-term gain”, which has raised most eyebrows.

The outline of the speech reads: “Leading the turnaround of an entire country is akin to the constant evolution companies and organisations must undergo to remain competitive.

“Bertie Ahern dedicated his career to re-inventing his country’s economic and political stakes in global affairs. He persuaded his fellow politicians and citizens to accept short-term sacrifices to achieve long-term gain.

“His ability to persuade his constituents to follow his vision provides lessons for even the most seasoned executives.”

So basically, he gives a speech in which he boasts how he was able to talk round huge numbers of people into believing what he wanted them to believe. True, but shameless.

UPDATE: Speaking of shameless, this speech by Eamon Ryan via Sluggerotoole could probably do with a post of its own, but I’m so annoyed by it (even if some of what he says about political parties north and south is correct) I couldn’t face it.


1. LeftAtTheCross - July 27, 2011

More cute hoorism, selling ice to eskimos and all of that. USD40k per talk. Hope he pays tax on that. Might as well get some payback from US capitalism while it’s available, before the US defaults and puts the current crisis into the ha-penny place.


Garibaldy - July 27, 2011
2. LeftAtTheCross - July 27, 2011

Ryan’s right about the clientelist patronage system at the heart of national politics. He’s wrong about the remedy, a strengthening of local democracy via regional bodies which would involve “transfer of real powers both up from the constituent county councils and down from national government”. There ARE no powers to transfer upwards from local councils. What he’s talking about there is a regional-level bureaucracy of experts. See that other post today on the citizen:councillor ratio of Ireland & Britain versus the rest of the EU, we’re already well under-represented as it is.


Garibaldy - July 27, 2011

We are also seeing the big two parties in the north pushing heavily for a large reduction in the number of councils, taking the most radical approach to a process started by direct rule ministers. The fact that larger councils would benefit the bigger parties the most has nothing to do with it of course.


3. Padraig Yeates - July 27, 2011

Suddenly the US default crisis begins to make sense. Those poor tea pot people are just trying to put bertieconomics into practice


4. Bertie Ahern: Grotesque, Unbelievable, Bizarre, Unprecedented « An Sionnach Fionn - July 28, 2011

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