Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, November 10, 2014

A little ignorance can go a long way Don't embarrass yourself on an FRQ (as some have done). Master the details.

Ron Burgundy couldn't have said this better.

Irish Agog That Joe Kernen, CNBC Host, Missed Their Exit From U.K.
The head of Ireland’s Industrial Development Agency, which is devoted to promoting foreign investment, became an unlikely viral video star after a bizarre appearance on CNBC…

The program’s third host, Becky Quick, asked if the weaker euro had helped Ireland’s tourist economy, Mr. Kernen revealed that he was confused about Ireland’s currency, and how its relationship to Britain was different from Scotland’s, in an exchange that seemed to owe something to the Marx Brothers or Abbott and Costello.

Kernen: You have pounds anyway, don’t you still?

Shanahan: We have euros.

Kernen: You have euros in Ireland?

Shanahan: We have euros, yes…

Kernen: Why do use euros in Ireland?

Shanahan: Why wouldn’t we have euros in Ireland? No, we’ve had the euro for some time and we’re very happy with it.

Kernen: What about Scotland?…

Shanahan: They use sterling.

Kernen: They use sterling?

Shanahan: They use sterling. But we use euro.

Kernen: What? Why would you do that?

Shanahan: Why wouldn’t we do that?…

Kernen: Why didn’t Scotland? No wonder they want to break away.

Shanahan: They’re part of the U.K., we’re not.

Kernen: Aren’t you right next to, uh. …

Shanahan: We’re very close but entirely separate, as you know well.

Kernen: It is sort of the same — the same island, isn’t it?

Shanahan: And in the North of Ireland they have sterling, but ——

Kernen: They do?

Shanahan: We use euro, yes.

Kernen: It’s just too confusing. … Northern Ireland’s the pound?

Shanahan: Northern Ireland’s the pound, yes.

Kernen: Oh my God, you guys got to get it together over there…

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