“Time and again it was described to me as a system characterized by mediocrity, nepotism, secrecy and a lack of genuine competition. It is a system in which the governing philosophy of “social partnership” has morphed into nothing more than an excuse for buying off special interests.
And it is a system in which the top priority of those who run it is preserving their powers, perks and prerogatives.”


Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Steven Pearlstein, who recently visited Ireland [his lengthy article below] to see if the Celtic Tiger could be resuscitated.

Can Ireland’s Celtic Tiger roar again? (Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post)

Steven Pearlstein?