“You’re not being taught to think outside the box, to think differently from other people…”

Great to see Eamonn dip his toes in the Audioboo waters, not least using that great address book he has… in this piece he talks to the Northern Bank economist Angela McGowan…

Skills base deficit hurting economy here (mp3)

A good way through, Eamonn invites Angela to comment on educational deficits, at which she notes the real problem with NI education is the general capture by rote learning (cramming for examinations), which is killing innovation…

Would have liked to have heard more on the structural problems she refers to…

But stick the end, not least for classic Mallie, cutting to the chase, “Have you guys any money…” Thankfully for Angela she works for a bank regulated by the Danish rather than the UK or Irish states… The Northern Bank, despite the enterprising efforts of some local banditti, still has plenty of cash…

Making that cash make more money is the trick

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