Tuesday 25 July 2017

The honeymoon's over, time to start working

The elites who design our economic policy seem not to be acting in the national interest, but their own instead, says Marc Coleman

Sometimes, a honeymoon goes on too long. The royal and US presidential visits have turned this Government's honeymoon into the political equivalent of three months at a swish $3,000-a-night New York hotel of the kind frequented by Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

But last Tuesday's Live Register figures marked the end of the affair: a final chance to blame the previous administration. Because that, in a sense, is what a honeymoon is -- a suspension of reality and responsibility.

Not that Enda Kenny doesn't deserve it. He has, after all, waited a long time for it. And, as far as our banking crisis is concerned, the last government's idiocy gives him the right to keep pointing back to the madness of 2004-2007.

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