Saturday 25 March 2017

Dirty little secret is that those at the top feel no pain

It is notable that the higher up you go, the greater the enthusiasm for the politics of austerity, writes Gene Kerrigan

Given the passion for austerity, you'd never imagine that Enda Kenny is paid more than British Prime Minister David Cameron
Given the passion for austerity, you'd never imagine that Enda Kenny is paid more than British Prime Minister David Cameron
Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

WHEN Enda Kenny spoke recently on RTE's Morning Ireland, he told the nation, "I feel the people's pain". A touching moment, as the Taoiseach reached out to those whose lives have been ravaged by this recession, and by his Government's policies. Perhaps he felt that his empathy might somehow comfort the afflicted – knowing that our leader shares their pain. But, of course, he doesn't share that pain.

From the comfortable surroundings of their annual "think-in", in Portlaoise, fresh-faced young Fine Gael TDs earnestly told the TV cameras they want to inflict "a little more pain" (this is a genuine quote) on the citizens, in order to create long term gain for the country.

From the comfortable surroundings of their annual "think-in", in Meath, jowly faced elderly Labour TDs told the TV cameras they'd like to inflict slightly less, but still quite a hefty amount of pain, on the citizens. For their own good.

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