Not just the weather has Stockholm syndrome?

Ben “I took no counselling and looking back that was not a wise thing to do” Dunne has long been a controversial voice on the Irish airwaves and the unlinkable Irish News and unlistenable Nolan show have picked up on his interview with Thursday’s NewsTalk (at approx 42mins):

I’d love to see change, I hope SF’s vote increases because I think those people will make radical changes. They will change the school boy network any way..

I want people that were never involved in the running of the country like SF to come in with new candidates and break the network of palsey-walsey stuff that’s going on in Dail Eireann

Though Dunne’s flight of fancy on SF may be easier understood when you recall SF’s fancy flight to meet with him.

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  • Alias

    Ben Dunne would be better putting up the money to lauch a new political party since his argument is essentially a demand for one. After all, if he could give 1,000,000 to Charlie to give tax concession on the break up of the Dunne family’s trust fund then he could find another million to rid the country of the corrupt gombeen political class that he bribed and profited by at the direct expense of the citizens of the state. Err, hang on a second, something seems amiss there…

  • Carrickmoreman

    My hunch this post was built around the last sentence-the dig at GA.

  • Mark

    Good hunch .

  • Mark

    Mark Mc , consider me your personal enema .

  • Mark McGregor

    Carickmoreman, Mark,

    My jumping off point was, why had shinners become so apoplectic on several websites when shown Dunne’s support. Then I recalled (with a small prompt from a friend) Dear Leader had taken a helicopter to meet him and his fellow travellers not that long ago.

    The anger at the support of this dubious businessman, their unproven associates kidnapped, becomes a little surreal at that point.

  • Mark

    Mark Mc ,

    Your term of endearment for Gerry Adams ” Dear Leader ” isn’t really a term of endearment . It may be subtle but it’s still a dig and it’s insulting . The man is running in an election and if you referred to another candidate in this manner so often , you would be pulled up . Afford him the same respect and dignity .

  • Mark McGregor

    “consider me your personal enema”

    From now on I must be the only person on slugger to actually want your entries.

  • Mark McGregor

    Mark,

    In the actual blogs I try not to let my contempt take hold, when it comes to pure comment I’m as entitled as anyone else to let how I feel, about a bunch of gombeen, populists that destroyed a party with socialist potential, shine through.

  • Mark

    Good , because I’m looking forward to all your shit .

  • Mark

    So you’re the new Vince Cable .

  • Mark McGregor

    Mark,

    Very funny. Your humour is like looking in a mirror.

    Just a pity I’d have to be squatting.

    *Pete Baker voice* stop that, both of you!

  • Pete Baker

    “*Pete Baker voice* stop that, both of you!”

    Indeed.

    Play the ball, gentlemen!

  • Seamus Clarke

    “I want people that were never involved in the running of the country like SF to come in with new candidates and break the network of palsey-walsey stuff that’s going on in Dail Eireann”

    Is it 1922?

  • The Word

    I think Mark McGregor is right on this one. You can’t hold talks with this kind of man and not realise that he thinks he’s buying you. He bought the Taioseach and certainly would not think twice of buying SF personnel.

    And of course, he only has to buy one to gain influence.

    “break the network of palsey-walsey stuff that’s going on in Dail Eireann”

    He, of course, sees the British situation as better where they stand shouting at each other (but never a punch thrown). Clearly there are those who want Ireland back in ther UK.

  • The Word

    And I’m quite sure that Ireland will not give up consensual politics to be shouted down by Pearse Doherty or any member of his party. Used to be Gerry’s party, of course, but now it is up for grabs. Leadership election soon, I think. Or maybe just a shouting match. You couldn’t watch these tri-colour British!