A thread for us to share our experiences with these characters.
One of them (Philip O’Brien) initiated conversation with me about the budget this afternoon. I was pretty tired and had no interest in conversing and gave a stock short answer about it being ‘controversial enough’ and hoped he’d shut up. Then he got visibly more animated and started moving his hands in an aggrivated manner and provided me with a heartfelt little speech:
‘I’ll tell you something. I’ll tell you something now. There’s a lot of people who need to take a look at themselves in this country. And I’ll tell you now. I’ll tell you - Bono’s getting away fairly lightly in all of this. Do you see him on telly or in the papers trying to get people to support Irish and buy Irish. Bono doesn’t care about our economy. You’d have to be black for Bono to give you a dig out.’