Sunday 23 July 2017

Get with the programme, Mr Barroso

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

So it seems like Mr Barroso, who claimed this week that Europe was a victim of us rather than us being victims of Europe, needs to get with the programme. Mr B doesn't seem to be quite up to speed with the narrative. Someone needs to fill him in on the story.

The story is that Poor Paddy took the hit for the whole of Europe. It wasn't our fault, but we sucked it up anyway, because that's the kind of guys we are. That's just how we roll here in Ireland. And that's why everyone loves us. So when everyone and their euro got in a bit of trouble, Paddy bailed them all out. We paid off every gangster going just to keep the whole show on the road. We were the victims here. Not that we would ever play the victim card.

And now we're back and everything is going to be fine again. We have taken our medicine and we are to be congratulated for the hard choices we have made and the sacrifices and the selflessness of it all. And doesn't the ESRI's John FitzGerald of all people say he's going to have to re-predict his predictions and, shure, isn't that as good as Garret himself telling us? And after all the hardship, we are finally getting what we deserve -- rising property prices, BMWs and the inability to book a table at a restaurant.

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