Oh Look, Damn International Media Ignoring Government Spin. Again.

Just for posterity, here’s a screencap of the CNN international edition website from this morning. It’s good going for a great little country like Ireland to scoop both leads, no?


At the same time, the Financial Times seems to have noticed some of the more important news leaking its way out about not attempting any more bond auctions until after the budget.

Largely Sufficient


I love the “yah-boo, better than you” framing of this –  “but we still have a better credit rating than Italy and Portugal“. Look at us, we’re not Greece.

Or perhaps it’s more a case of “please sir, can I have some more?”

For reference:

We are not rushing into the banks without knowing precisely what the position is in those banks.” – Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan, Nov 2008

We truly live in interesting times

Anglo Irish bank is set to take over Arnott’s department store. Because as was pointed out on Morning Ireland, they proved to be so good at running a bank that running a department store should be no bother to them.

As Anglo Irish is controlled by the Irish state, does this mean that Arnott’s will be the state-owned store of choice? Will this reduce the variety available to the discerning Celtic cubling?

Image via englishrussia.com

In this brave new Ireland, as if we hadn’t already realised it, up is down and black is white. I wonder what else Anglo will move to take over in the next 12 months?