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Enda Kenny, the new Irish PM, is proving as useless as Brian Cowen, the former Irish PM. Get this;

Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night admitted he didn’t raise key economic issues with US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron. Mr Kenny was also embarrassed when it emerged he had lifted a passage of Mr Obama’s own celebrated election night speech without crediting the US president.

However more damagingly, despite Mr Obama’s offering to “do everything we can to help on the path to recovery”, Mr Kenny didn’t ask him if the US government had actually blocked an attempt by the previous Irish government to burn €30bn worth of bondholders. And when he met Mr Cameron last week, he didn’t discuss the interest rate on the British loans in the international aid package.

Mr Kenny did not ask President Obama about a claim that US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner vetoed the previous government’s attempt to force a €30bn haircut on unguaranteed bondholders. “No I didn’t raise it with him. We discussed a whole range of issues,” he said. Mr Kenny said he was not aware of Mr Geithner’s view on the bondholders, even though he met with the treasury secretary in Washington in March.

Wonder what issues were more important than the Irish economy, Mr Kenny? Thus far, you have shown yourself to be every bit as incompetent as Cowen and it seems that you

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  1. In fairness to Kenny discussing economics with Obama would be like discussing the works of Picasso with Stevie Wonder.

  2. Leaders meet to further their political career.
    Officials meet to decide what they want to do and to discuss how they will get the leaders to do it.
    None meet in the interests of the citizens of the country they represent.

  3. Always there is the immense temptation to avoid the difficult question. Especially in a highly visible ” feel good ” session like this.

    Major error by Mr. Kenny.

    I negotiate for a living. I try to always ask the difficult question early on – it is healthier for all concerned.

  4. Dominique Strauss-Kahn was the architect of the less onerous bail-out which would have hit the bond-holders i.e Goldman Sachs. Timothy Geithner scuppered that deal. Timothy Geithner is a Goldman Sachs man.
    By coincidence, the architect of the less onerous bailout was arraigned in bizarre circumstances in the US last week. Clearly, Goldman Sachs people don’t like threats.

  5. “By coincidence, the architect of the less onerous bailout was arraigned in bizarre circumstances ”

    What was bizarre about it?

  6. From the moment of the announcement that he had been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a hotel maid, and before he was ever indicted, the accounts given by the police were designed to create the impression that the director of the International Monetary Fund was guilty. For example, the police told the media, which duly regurgitated to the public, that Strauss-Kahn was in such a hurry to flee the scene of the crime that he left behind his mobile phone. The police also put out the story that by calling airlines and demanding passenger lists, they managed to catch the fleeing rapist just as his plane was departing for France. A New York judge denied Strauss-Kahn bail on the basis of police misrepresentation that he was apprehended fleeing the country.

    Strauss-Kahn, upon arriving at JFK airport for his SCHEDULED flight, discovered that he did not have his mobile phone and telephoned the hotel, the scene of the alleged crime. It boggles the mind that anyone could possibly think that a person fleeing from his crime would call the scene of the crime, ask about his left behind mobile phone, and tell them where he was.

    Once he was imprisoned, the police announced that Strauss-Kahn was on suicide watch, which is a way of suggesting to the public that the accused rapist might take his own life in order to avoid the public humiliation of a guilty verdict from a jury.

    One of the most striking anomalies is the confirmed reports in the French and British press that a political activist for French President Sarkozy, Jonathan Pinet, tweeted the news of Strauss-Kahn’s arrest to Arnaud Dassier, a spin doctor for Sarkozy, before the news was announced by the New York police. Pinet’s explanation for how he was the first to know is that a “friend” in the Sofitel Hotel, where the alleged crime took place, told him. Is it merely a coincidence that the men assigned the task of removing the Strauss-Kahn threat to French President Sarkozy’s re-election had a clued-in friend in the Sofitel Hotel? Did the police clue-in the “friend” before they made the public announcement? If so, why?

    And, of course, he was made to do the ‘perp-walk’:


    Generally, set-ups like this occur only when there is no evidence or when the evidence has to be fabricated and cannot withstand examination. However, if this case goes to court, then what has been described above and more will be presented and examined – assuming that the victim isn’t still too traumatised to appear in court.

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