Michael O’Leary on Lisbon

I’m not sure of the date on this, Ryanair communications uploaded the video to YouTube yesterday. Michael O’Leary arguing for the benefits of Europe and, always controversial, venting at ‘unemployable f**king headbangers’. I certainly remember seeing that phrase in newspapers a few weeks back (quote of the week in the Sindo) – but good to get the full view.

Hat Tip – Irish Libertarian for the video

  • Jimmy Sands

    Could this be the gamechanger the “no” campaign was hoping for?

  • BK

    No truer words have been spoken.

  • The Raven

    Big turnout for that one, eh? It must be fab to be so perfect. Sigh. Michael, you’re my hero.

  • Dave

    Michael knows that EU arse must be kissed if he is to secure EU support for his proposed takeover of Aer Lingus. This is his way of ingratiating himself with those he previously dismissed as “an evil empire.”

    Anyway, I’m sure we’ll all rush out and vote for a superstate because it makes life easier for Michael’s transport business (although, those businesses who are struggling with the cost burden of complying with 100000 EU regulations would shake their heads at the deregulation part).

  • Wilde Rover


    Michael O’Leary seems to be suggesting that those against the Lisbon Treaty are so inclined because they are “headbangers,” which according to dictionary.com means they are fans of heavy metal music.

    I feel compelled to ask you Dave, are you now, or have you ever been, a fan of Metallica?

  • Dave

    Nah, Leonard Cohen is more my speed.

    O’Leary should rub Preparation H on his head. It won’t make him any less of an arsehole, but it will shrink his swollen head back down to size.

  • Wilde Rover



    I would hate to think what constitutes an “employable” person in his estimation.

    The word “serf” springs to mind.