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.
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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
With election day this Friday, this is very much a #GE16 focussed episode of DV. We talk about polls and James nails his colours to the mast, Enda’s name calling and TD Ann Phelan’s walk-out on a Carlow-Kilkenny radio debate.
Vinny B does a fine job of showing up stubborn Junior Minister Dara Murphy’s lack of fundamental economic knowledge and we hear first hand about Dara’s rude canvassing in Cork City.
Oh and we have put together a little song to finish off the show.
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In the second of our series on 1916 we tell the story of some renegade Scandinavians in the GPO, we revisit the petitions committee and the bull they talk, we talk China and Europe and we take a look at the amount of cash Fine Gael has been spending on surveys.
Oh, and a message from US presidential hopeful Vermin Supreme.
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We’re catching up with Greece again this week where the farmers stand ready to block the main highway if their pensions are cut.
On a more disturbing note, we also discuss trumps latest efforts to creep us out with his kiddy song.
We have answers to your questions and critiques following last weeks show and last but not least we have a word or two about John ‘the baptist’ Delaney pounding the pavements with Alan Kelly.
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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.
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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.
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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
Following his appearance in front of the Banking Inquiry last week, this episode of Donkey Votes focuses on Michael ‘Fingers’ Fingleton. We interview the man who quite literally wrote the book on Fingers, Sunday Business Post Business Editor Tom Lyons.
Tom is co-author of ‘Fingers: The Man Who Brought Down Irish Nationwide And Cost Us €5.4bn’ and you can read his column each week in The Sunday Business Post. Follow him on Twitter via @TomLyonsBiz.
You can buy Tom’s book here and listen to our interview below.
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