Eddie Hobbs presented the first episode of his series Rip Off Republic on RTE tonight, a show that I think - at first glance - has crossed a new threshold for public interest broadcasting on our national airwaves.
His show was highly opinionated stand-up campaigning, dealing with the hand-in-glove relationship between the Irish property developers and the Government; the influence of RGDATA and IBEC on Irish public policy, especially in relation to the Grocery Order which we discussed recently on Gaire; the tax burden and what he called the myth of the low tax economy; and the failure of the Government to promote the Competition Authority.
It was strident, bold, argumentative stuff - sometimes ridiculously simplistic, but well peppered with little nuggets of fact.
What makes it different is that Hobbs has been given a free hand to essentially flake into the Government and big business like I have never seen before on RTE. It was entertaining, fresh, and I hope he continues to kick ass.