For a couple of centuries, New York City was politically dominated by the Democratic Party machine known as “Tammany Hall”. All-powerful and frankly corrupt, Tammany was the machine through which immigrants, particularly the Irish, rose through the ranks of New York politics. You could almost call it the Fianna Fáil of old New York.
It is said that the mark of a gentleman is that when proved wrong he will acknowledge his error, but when proved right will never point it out. I am no gentleman. This week, Anglo-Irish Bank- the financing wing of the Fianna Fail/ Property Developer axis which has actually run the country for its own benefit for the last 15 years- finally keeled over dead.
Last night, unexpectedly, I was called by Newstalk's Breakfast Show and asked how I thought the electorate were reacting to the personal attacks between Enda Kenny and Bertie Ahern. Firstly, I pointed out that my record of reading the mind of the electorate is similar to my success at becoming heavyweight champion of the world.
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If you're working in PR, an election can mean a shower of extra work- if you can persuade a politician or political party that you have a particular insight. Bear this in mind when you throw your eye over "It's the economy stupid", a post from PR firm Edelman (they of the questionable PR). The article begins by telling us that the economy has been taken for granted by the electorate.