In the context of the current protest by Emma Thomson (“Emma Thompson quit film in stand against ‘second chance’ for John Lasseter”) may I again question the docility with which the media have accepted the deliberate misuse of the word inappropriate. The story usually unfolds like this.
Have you ever noticed that when politicians or economists want the Central Bank to become involved in the housing/mortgage market they call on them to “intervene” but when they don’t want the bank to become involved they warn them not to “interfere”!
As I was learning to drive, many years ago, I passed a group of girls. Naturally I looked in the rear view mirror to see if they had noticed me, macho man, driving a car, which led my instructor to snap: “Stop looking back, you’re going this way.”
Bertie Ahern’s claim that “when I handed over, we were in a good position” must surely stand alongside the case of the man who set a delayed action-incendiary device on his premises, before locking up and going home, only to later tell the insurance company, “when I left to go home yesterday evening, everything was fine.”
With regard to Fianna Fáil’s bill on variable rate mortgages the following should be noted. They are not proposing that the Central Bank should intervene ( not interfere which has connotations of sticking your nose in where you shouldn’t) on the question of variable rate mortgages.
My dealings with the legal profession have been most satisfactory, so I have no axe to grind. That said, is it not time that we, the citizens, through our elected representatives, insisted on intervening — not interfering, but intervening — in the cosy game that is played out in our courts?