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    I just spotted this - just when you thought Ryanair's Michael O'Leary could not sink any lower or be any more insulting in the pursuit of publicity, he goes and does this:

    The people behind him are the former workers of another airline, Spanair, which had gone out of business last 27th January. These former workers are occupying their former workplace in Bilbao airport for 9 days and counting, and were really not pleased to see O'Leary turn up to 'capitalise' on their unfortunate plight.

    Local union leader Jon Herrera accused him of a lack of respect.

    He said: “He has stood in front of a group of workers who have lost their jobs overnight and raised his hand in a symbol of victory.

    “He’s disqualified himself.”
    He's Disqualified Himself -

    I must say when it comes to O'Leary, I have rarely seen a stunt so low as that. But it is not at all untypical of the world's rulers - mass unemployment is something that works in their favour. Where O'Leary is different from most of the ultra-rich is that he goes out of his way (like this) to rub it in the faces of the rest of us. Do people think that it's an Irish capitalist behaving like this is of any significance? Would he have the neck to pull this stunt in Shannon, or Cork? Does it not show us the arrogance of a class that hasn't had to deal with any significant resistance from the working class for 25 years or more? Would a capitalist from say, France, or Greece, be as offensive as this in full public view?
    "It is we the workers who built these palaces and cities here in Spain and in America and everywhere. We, the workers, can build others to take their place. And better ones! We are not in the least afraid of ruins. We are going to inherit the earth; there is not the slightest doubt about that. The bourgeoisie might blast and ruin its own world before it leaves the stage of history. We carry a new world here, in our hearts."
    — Buenaventura Durruti

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    A capitalist from France would be running for his life after a stunt like this! The Irish used to have a good reputation in Spain.

    O'Leary is doing more to tarnish it than a thousand vomit stained stag parties.Heading to Spain? You might think of getting a little Welsh of Scottish flag for your backpack.

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    Ain't it amazing how many Irish (particularly the media) love him!!! Kind of in the same way they worshipped Sean Quinn, Sean Fitzpatrick, Sean (as the Indo describes him "the dunner") Dunne, I could fill a page with names, all characterized by a few simple words: greed, arrogance, no respect, wonder what their mammies think of them ?!!!

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    The Irish ruling class have always been crass. Remember the tacky and tasteless glitterati who made up the cultural 'élite' at the time of the Celtic Tiger. Johnny Ronan and the likes swanning off to Marrakech, or building massive monuments to their own vanity and shortsightedness like the Convention Centre.
    Нооруз пиээ пурылыа выиттыа

    'Our goal is to conquer state power for the Irish working class'
    Pat Rabitte, 1987

    "Can I ask whether this is what the men of 1916 died for: a bailout from the German chancellor with a few shillings of sympathy from the British chancellor on the side?"
    Michael Noonan, November 2010

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    Ah cmon, did he know the striking workers were there! Surely some of his staff would have checked that for him and informed him? if he was aware they were there, then he had to know there was a chance this would happen! maybe he was counting on it happening??? I assume he was announcing new routes from Bilbao to Madrid and Barcelona? otherwise why would he be there?

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    High praise from Noonan

    Mr Noonan described Mr O'Leary as "Ireland's leading businessman" and "Ireland's leading altogether decent person" when he introduced him to the audience on Wednesday morning.
    Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. ~Oscar Ameringer

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCon View Post

    "decent" is code for FG, the Blueshirts always used the term "party of the decent people" to differentiate them from FF so that the Hyacinth Bucket brigade would know who to vote for.

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    "Decent" is code for "contributor".
    “ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
    — Jean-Paul Sartre


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