Tax Avoider wrote:
I note that he doesn't call for a reduction in the benefits from Public sector pensions, for the good of the economy, of course.
I tried to find out Begg's background (CV etc.,). Didn't get what I wanted, but Wikipedia page on ICTU http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Cong ... ade_Unions
has a stat on union membership "In the Republic, over 60% of union members are in the public sector". If that's true, then it would explain some of Begg's policies.
The bit that makes me sick is that he gets free run when he's so deeply vested (including being on Central Bank board 1995 through 2010, and Aer Lingus board http://www.finfacts.ie/irishfinancenews ... 1252.shtml
), so the only two interpretations I see are
1. He hasn't a clue
2. He has a clue, and is happy to pillage private sector pensions to pay public sector (the resulting "class" tensions probably help shore up union membership in the public sector).