Operating in the wrong country

When a tearful Bertie Ahern was interviewed by RTEs Bryan Dobson in September 2006, he mentioned that he appointed people to State boards because they were his friends. Bryan Dobson didn’t seem to notice that what the Taoiseach was admitting is considered a crime in real democracies.

I wonder was Dobson thinking of that infamous interview when he was reporting on the travails of former French president Jacques Chirac on last night’s Six One News? (11th item)

Poor old Jacques has been placed under judicial investigation for giving out jobs to 40 political sympathisers while he was mayor of Paris.

Despite denying any wrongdoing Jacques will still have to face some sort of accountability.

How he must envy Irish politicians who live in a country where they face losing power if they don’t’ give jobs to political sympathisers