This week we open with old Etonian David Cameron’s latest attempt to resemble the man on the street, we’re talking inheritance tax, landlord TDs, out of hours emails in France and the total and utter demise of Venezuela.
Send caffein-free painkilling suggestions to email@example.com.
Brian & Jimmy
Dear Donkey Voters,
The people have spoken. Nobody quite knows what they said. But message received, loud and clear.
In sum, they didn’t like the Fine Gael/Labour administration so they deserted it in droves in favour of Fianna Fail who oversaw the collapse of 25% of Ireland’s GDP.
They tell pollsters they like Sinn Fein but then chicken out of voting for them when they get to the ballot boxes. Or, as we discuss in this episode, they accidentally spoil their votes by putting a big X next to their preferred candidate instead of a number.
The headbangers in AAA-PBP managed to secure 6 seats but this does not necessarily represent the ‘political earthquake’ that the well heeled privately educated revolutionista Paul Murphy says it did. After all, just under 50% of the electorate voted for the same two parties that have returned in pretty much every election since 1922. Message received, loud and clear.
In today’s episode we try and plot the next steps. Listen up and listen good.
Brian & Jimmy
Pfizer have decided to move their global HQ to Ireland and essentially become an Irish company but it’s not all good news for our economy.
The Irish Farmers Association, one of the most successful farmer lobby organisations in the world, have been making headlines all week for the wrong reasons.
We then hear from our man on the ground, Ross Barry Grainger, who is based in Brussels following the Paris attacks and his thoughts and interesting theories.
Talk to DV, via email or Twitter.
Brian, Jim & RBG.
This week our UK/EU/UN correspondent Ross Barry Grainger outlines some more of his controversial views and gives an overview of the comings and goings at the United Nations General Assembly.
We also talk about Max Schrems – who? He’s the Austrian student that took Facebook to court here in Ireland, for not protecting his personal data from US snooping.
After a long campaign he eventually won his case at the European Court of Justice and we discuss what this means for you and the reams of personal information you pour into Facebook every week and also the consequences for the multitude of tech companies based right here in Dublin.
That and more. Send us whatever you want to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hello Donkey Votes folk,
It appears Volkswagen are cheating so we discuss what this could mean for you and why it’s bigger than the destruction of a much loved brand.
The Irish economy is heating up nicely and so is the general election campaign – will it be November or February next year?
Listen up to find out more.
Brian & Jim
Not the greatest turn out to the Greek election but Syriza do the business, Cameron apparently was up to no good in college, the banking inquiry hearings come to an end and the European Commission to take a look at football transfer legislation.
Our summer break has come to an end and we’re back in business.
This week we look at Greece as the very tired population heads to the polls for the 12th time in 3 years.
We talk about the increasingly desperate Labour party’s social media campaign which should be popping up on your Facebook feed any day now.
Speaking of increasingly desperate, we touch on the governments latest attempt to address the Irish water fiasco and we finish with a special treat from Paul “fuck you deputy stagg” Gogarty who reminds us of a young John Lennon.
Emails (email@example.com) and tweets (@donkeyvotes) are most welcome.
We’ve come a long way baby… this week DV sum up what has gone down in Greece over the last few months and what lies ahead.
We chat to Cormac Staunton again from think-tank and drivers for social change TASC about investing in public services ahead of cutting tax and raising the minimum wage.
We get Jimmy’s thoughts on who’s next in line after Enda oh and of course, it wouldn’t be a DV show without a harrumph about Irish Water.
Comments, queries, compliments, complaints to firstname.lastname@example.org or @donkeyvotes on Twitter.
His TED Talks have over 8 million views, he’s published 3 best-sellers and is Professor of psychology and behavioural economics at Duke University.
In this episode, Donkey Votes speak to Dan Ariely about behavioural economics, herd mentality and bubbles, empathy and lots more in between.
Dan was in Dublin for the Zurich Dalkey Book Festival, an annual festival of internationally renowned writers and authors which is the brainchild of David McWilliams. For more on Dan visit danariely.com and follow him on Twitter.
If you liked this week’s episode, you can watch and listen to Dan some more at www.ted.com/speakers/dan_ariely.
As always, send us comments etc. to email@example.com.