Friday February 28, 2020

Two out of ten ain’t good

There are ten so-called ‘commandments’ that political leaders must stick to in times of crisis. Brian Cowen failed eight of them, write Michael Brennan and Jack Horgan-Jones

12th July, 2015
Brian Cowen arrives at Leinster House last Wednesday: his time as taoiseach was an object lesson in how not to handle a crisis Picture: Collins

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen, who concluded his evidence at the banking inquiry this week, had to deal with a bank bailout and a state bailout. The inquiry is building a picture of confusion and chaos at the highest level of government at a time when clear thinking was never more necessary.

Masters Of Disaster, a recent book by American authors Christopher Lehane, Mark Fabiani and Bill Guttentag, outlined the “ten commandments of damage control” for...

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