We can’t name it but we’re sure there’s a scientific or medical term for having an out-of-body experience where you think you are living in a parallel universe. And if there isn’t a term for it the medical profession, as well as the media, need to create one.
TV3’s Shock Jock
And why? Because ISME members listening to the Newstalk Breakfast radio show this morning were struck down with it. They heard TV3’s late night ‘shock jock’, Vincent Browne, saying that talk of a recovery was overblown and he intimated that he was sick of such talk.
To quote him exactly, he said, “I think that people get annoyed at this talk about recovery and that hardly at all have the people that we have spoken to experienced any symptoms of recovery. There is an irritation with the repeated mantra of the government…”People don’t feel that at all.”
One man makes a majority
Never a person to reveal his sources he based much of his comments on a chat he had with ‘a well-known businessman’ (yes, just one) the other day ‘who had his finger on the pulse’ and he told Ivan ‘if I told you who he was you’d agree with me’. This businessman of mystery told Vincent that January and February were the toughest months he had faced in his business career. And as Vincent would tell us 1 out of 1 is a 100% making one businessman’s woes the absolute majority view.
Never let the facts get in the way of a good story
Whether he couldn’t be bothered or didn’t know better Ivan Yates didn’t challenge Vincent Browne’s assertion. To be fair to Ivan he did raise the issue of CSO figures and the healthy rise in car sales (suggesting they might be an indicator of recovery) but Browne managed to twist that into; “Car sales remain buoyant, they dropped a lot but there’s still a lot of cars being sold right at the worst period of the recession. Wouldn’t you think that would be the last thing people would spend money on? Bloody cars.”
Unemployment and employment figures, car sales numbers as well as VAT, excise and other taxes all point to a recovery. But Vincent tries not to mix economics and figures. (It’s worth watching a YouTube clip of economist Dan O’Brien, @danobrien20 , trying to get Vincent to use accurate figures).
Loose lips sink ships
According to the Oxford English Dictionary (we’ve checked our sources to make sure we placate Editor Browne) confidence can be defined as ‘The state of feeling certain about the truth of something.’ Business confidence is an essential part of the recovery ISME members are seeing. And that’s why we’re searching for that medical term for living in parallel universe to that of Vincent Browne’s.
We wonder does he come up with this kind of stuff just for his own amusement? However, undermining confidence is no laughing matter for struggling businesses or for those still out of work.