Friday 9 December 2016

Labour must realise things could have been so different

The only job on offer was doing what they said they'd never do – but, well, a job's a job

Published 25/05/2014 | 02:30

THE END OF DAYS: Fine Gael’s Richard Bruton stares stoicly into space at the count in the RDS, watching as the established political firmament takes another battering from a public increasingly disenchanted with the status quo. Photo: Tony Gavin
THE END OF DAYS: Fine Gael’s Richard Bruton stares stoicly into space at the count in the RDS, watching as the established political firmament takes another battering from a public increasingly disenchanted with the status quo. Photo: Tony Gavin

Imagine if Labour had meant what it said before the last election. Imagine if, after the votes were counted in 2011, it had said something like this: "We offered to provide a government that would be fair and capable. We said that those who benefited from the bubble would be made to clean up their own mess.

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"And whatever threats come from Europe or elsewhere, we would have placed the protection of our citizens above any regard for the right-wing hang-ups of EU bureaucrats and their banker cronies.

"The electorate wasn't ready for this. We accept that. If we join Fine Gael in government we would be required to protect the bankers and bondholders and to inflict great pain on the citizens. We would have to take on debts that are not ours, that will cripple the economy for at least a generation. We will not do that."

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