Ireland did not end up in a bailout because Jean-Claude Trichet was beastly to us, nor because he sent us rude correspondence in November 2010. There is little question that Trichet and the ECB threatened this country in a bullying, utterly inappropriate and constitutionally dubious manner in the hour of our greatest need. But they were only in a position to make threats because Ireland had experienced the worst crash in the developed world.
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