in the IT today. This is hilarious.
From Grainne Lawlor in Thornton, Dublin (site of the proposed prison?)
Madam, – I would like to draw your readers’ attention to what I consider to be a serious lapse in standards by RTÃ‰, which has also been echoed in some press reportage.
I strongly object to the demeaning mimicry of the evidence of Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern in coverage of the tribunal. The manner in which an actor takes off Mr Ahern’s homely north Dublin accent and phraseology is in marked contrast to the upper-crust – almost “Home Counties” – tones of the learned counsel probing him for details of transactions that took place 14 years ago. The Salem-like mood generated by this style of reporting perhaps conceals a snobbish “better school, better address” contempt for a grassroots Dublin Taoiseach.
Hello? RTE is forced to reinact the Tribunal because it’s prohibited from broadcasting them. This has been taking place for 10 years to general acclaim. Bertie has a Dublin accent which is not only legitimate and authentic but has actually been to his advantage by establishing his “ordinary man” credentials. And she doesn’t think its fair that the actor imitates it????? And those meany barristers have posh accents?? It’s just not fair!!!!! It makes him sound bad!! Stoppit stoppit stoppit!
Maybe it sounds bad because HE sounds bad!!
The recreations have been a fantastic way for people to get a real sense of what’s going on. Personally I think they should be filmed or at least on radio, but they are not (which suits most of the witnesses, Albert Reynold for starters), so this is what we’ve got. And Grainne is outraged because the barrister sounds posh and Bertie sounds homely. What she obviously means is that Bertie sounds evasive, dodgy and utterly pathetic and it mustn’t be pleasant for his supporters to hear him thus demeaned. No handy soundbite comments on his way into or out of a function like most of his appearances on telly or radio.
Love, if you don’t like this accent, deal with it. And if you don’t like the barrister’s, well, what? Mandatory deep immersion in west Dublin?
She goes on:
“Looking back over Mr Ahern’s career – not least his massive contribution to industrial peace and unprecedented economic development and his tireless and successful work for a historic Northern settlement – should put things in a proper perspective.”
Gee, almost sounds like the Crewser!!! Know her, do you??