Friday 2 December 2016

Cheap-tricks Budget will force coping class to create own party

Published 16/10/2016 | 02:30

Cartoon by Jim Cogan
Cartoon by Jim Cogan

Like many Irish people, I hate the Americanised Halloween, its expensive exploitation of parents and infantilised adult antics.

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Last week's anaemic Budget added to my antipathy with its populist cheap treats that turned out to be cheap tricks.

Last Sunday night, I got a preview of what life is like for the coping class - my coinage and a phrase that conveys a sense of active agency rather than the whiny victim conjured up by "squeezed middle".

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