Wednesday 7 December 2016

Things fall apart, the centre remains smug

The budget provoked embarrassing claims from FG/FF that the "centre ground" isn't a failure

Published 16/10/2016 | 02:30

Illustration by Tom Halliday
Illustration by Tom Halliday

Well, they're certainly not over-modest, you can say that about our current leaders. Last week, two of them, Paschal Donohoe and Michael McGrath, were so overcome with their own sense of mission that they felt the need to portray themselves as saviours of the nation.

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Paschal is the new Brendan Howlin, Minister for Wagging His Finger at the Rest of Us. He told the Dail that because of the magnificence of the FG/FF 2017 Budget, "things will not just fall apart and the centre can and will hold".

He was quoting Yeats's poem, The Second Coming. This sees Europe in danger from some "rough beast" awakening from slumber to unleash a "blood-dimmed tide", as things fall apart and the centre cannot hold.

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