Recently, a panel of guests was asked for their predictions for 2010 on the Tonight with Vincent Browne Show.
One of the guests, Sam Smyth, when asked did he think there would be an inquiry into the banking crisis, replied.
No, because if they did no one would ever again invest in banks.
I replayed the clip to see if Smyth was being ironic, humorous or cynical, but no, he seemed to genuinely believe in what he was saying.
What hope is there for Ireland if Smyth, a man who is seen by most as an intelligent journalist/commentator, believes that the best way to deal with very serious corruption is to bury your head in the sand and hope that nobody notices?