Bertie: Business Guru July 27, 2011Posted 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.