Jennifer O'Connor made her points in a measured manner. However Marc Coleman and Constantin Gurdgiev adopted a hectoring, lecturing, "know all" tone.
Marc Coleman presumed to have all the answers. Unfortunately for him he got caught out BADLY in some of his pronouncements.
He argued for a referendum on the bailout on the basis that it was necessary to educate German taxpayers in relation to Ireland's problems. He then proceeded to state that Angela Merkel’s CDU lost Baden-Wuerttemberg in the state elections last Sunday mainly because of German voters perceptions on Ireland. This is pure and utter nonsense. Leo Varadkar CORRECTLY pointed out that the Greens made huge gains because of Merkel’s nuclear power policy. Coleman continued to bluff his way through the argument. Marc Coleman should read this article from the Washington Post on the Baden-Wuerttemberg elections and keep up to date on European politics.
BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged Monday to press ahead with a review of nuclear power’s future in Germany after her coalition suffered a “very painful” defeat in a weekend state election dominated by Japan’s nuclear crisis...The nuclear issue determined the outcome. Period. So Mark learn to admit that you can be wrong. A little humble pie is in order.
Coleman also argued that there was a relatively easy way of cutting €12 billion from public expenditure. Once more he is talking through his hat.
He argued for cuts in public sector pay on those earning over the average
industrial wage. He proceeded to claim that this would insulate teachers nurses et al. Once more he displayed an astounding ignorance. Most teachers and nurses earn over the average industrial wage. Leo Varadkar pointed this out to him. Coleman failed to outline where the 12 billion in cuts would come from. Oh of course he spoke about the salaries of Irish professors being far in excess of those in other European countries. Cutting their salaries to European levels would at best save a couple of MILLION euros. This is a far remove from 12 BILLION euro.
The approach being advanced by Coleman would further crash the economy.
When challenged about the effects such cuts would have in relation to public sector mortgage holders Coleman’s only retort was to talk about the suffering of the private sector. He DID NOT address the fact that several hundred thousand mortgage holders (public servants and public servants married to those in the private sector) would default.
Coleman needs to wake up. Many public servants are married to people in the private sector.
In the discussion on the Croke Park deal one of panellists was heard to utter "bring it on" in relation to public sector strikes- if the Croke Park deal were torn up unilaterally. We need strikes like a hole in the head. Varadkar pointed this out.
Coleman should listen to a podcast of this programme. His comments on ESB workers were over the top. I will not dignify them by repeating them here. He should apologise.
A word of advice for Coleman: populist sound bytes will not solve the economic crisis.
Also I want to see a DETAILED plan from Coleman spelling out EXACTLY where the 12 billion in public expenditure cuts would come. Marc you FAILED ABYSMALLY to spell it out this morning. It is time for you to "put up or shut up"