Sunday 4 December 2016

Cut taxes? How very dare you!

Published 06/03/2016 | 02:30

'It is a tradition in this country to buy the voters with their own money. Our fathers were bought, our fathers' fathers were bought. But suddenly, this time, we took offence at being cheapened in this fashion, and Fine Gael was supposed to have predicted this out-of-character fit of high-mindedness' Stock photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
'It is a tradition in this country to buy the voters with their own money. Our fathers were bought, our fathers' fathers were bought. But suddenly, this time, we took offence at being cheapened in this fashion, and Fine Gael was supposed to have predicted this out-of-character fit of high-mindedness' Stock photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

You'd have to feel sorry for poor Fine Gael. Apparently they lost the election because they fatally misjudged the mood of the people. Apparently the threat to give us back what was always referred to in dispatches as "the hated USC" was an insult to the Irish electorate.

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"How dare they try to buy us with irresponsible promises of tax cuts!" was the indignant view from the moral high ground of the electorate.

Because, as ­everyone knows, people in Ireland these days aren't interested in tax cuts. The good, selfless people of Ireland are all about public services now. To listen to the media you'd think that we'd just voted to pay more tax.

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