Monday 16 January 2017

In the blizzard of facts, a vision to reform Ireland just isn't there

Statement of Government Priorities that followed 
the reshuffle is general-
election lap-dancing.

Eddie Hobbs

Published 20/07/2014 | 02:30

The new cabinet pictured at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photo: Gerry Mooney
The new cabinet pictured at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Five years in heaven or in hell? The taster tour of heaven was nice but slow-paced, serious, with lots of communal tasks to do but hell was really hopping; rock 'n' roll, booze, weed, and sex with whomever you fancied. The voter chose hell.

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Next day, he reached his destination. It was piping hot. "Hey", he roared, "where's the party, the music, all the cool people?" Forking him towards his chains, Lucifer explained: "Yesterday you were a voter - today, you're a taxpayer."

The Statement of Government Priorities that accompanied last week's reshuffle is pure general-election 
lap dancing; 4bn in finance from a reincarnation of ICC Bank, named the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland, and 6bn of our own money, previously held as the national pension fund, and now to be disbursed to infrastructure and businesses by ISIF, the Irish Strategic Investment Fund.

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