Monday 16 January 2017

Who will stand up for our democracy?

We are ruled by an unelected committee who are happy to trash the Constitution, writes Gene Kerrigan

Published 20/10/2013 | 05:00

Last week, with no fuss whatever, the Constitution was trashed. It was done very deliberately, for short-term political purposes, with the evident co-operation of the Government. In addition, we've been finding out, in the days following the announcement of the Budget, that the Government has adopted the Anglo Irish Bank approach to arithmetic. As heard on the Anglo Tapes: "Where did you get that figure?"

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"I pulled it out of my arse."

Let us leave aside, for the moment, the damage done to so many lives by the seventh austerity Budget in a row. No one seems too upset about the continued asset stripping of the country, for the greater good of those who already have too much. Instead, let us look at the circus that surrounds the Budget figures – and the way that political game playing makes a nonsense of the Constitution.

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