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Target the rulers, not the citizens

Instead of upsetting ordinary people, those who feel our leaders are out of touch should hit them where it hurts, says Carol Hunt

Published 28/03/2010 | 05:00

ANYONE familiar with the phrase "vanhaef rikisst-jorn"? It means "incompetent government" in Icelandic, and it's what the people there chanted repeatedly during the now infamous "Kitchenware Revolution". (Later they changed it to "incompetent banks".) Perhaps the Irish people forced to queue outside the Molesworth Street passport office and those inside causing their distress would all have been better served heading over to Leinster House -- to our own "incompetent Government" -- with an assortment of pots and pans?

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As the stories filled the airwaves of crying children missing out on trips to Disneyland, devastated pensioners losing thousands of euro in now useless holidays, and countless people being denied their constitutional right to a passport, one wondered: how have we come to this?

It was the utter bewilderment on the faces of those whose hopes had been dashed that said it all. How on earth can a small group of workers become so hardened to the suffering they are causing their fellow citizens? And what on earth are our supposed leaders, in government and in the unions, doing about it?

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