Friday 23 June 2017

John Drennan: Enough already with the austerity

We need some creative politics to save the State from becoming a German colony, writes John Drennan

THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME: Enda Kenny, carol singing with the Oireachtas Choir as the Leinster House Christmas lights
were switched on, is accused of 'continuing the reactionary programme of the old order'
THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME: Enda Kenny, carol singing with the Oireachtas Choir as the Leinster House Christmas lights were switched on, is accused of 'continuing the reactionary programme of the old order'
John Drennan

John Drennan

ALL governments quickly acquire one or two defining catchphrases. In the case of Mr Cowen, the sentence that most acutely summarised that wretched administration was, 'We are where we are.'

The brutish realism of a phrase that offered no sense of the creativity needed to resolve the State's existential crisis symbolised the defeatist torpor of the Cowen administration. More, even, than an absence of deeds, the 'we are where we are' line was symptomatic of a party that had reached the end of its usefulness. It revealed that Fianna Fail had totally lost 'the divine spark' -- or what Keynes called 'animal spirits' -- which drives all socio-economic acts of progress.

It is a measure of how this Government is failing to thrive that, suddenly, it is becoming increasingly difficult to spot the difference between Biffo's stance and Mr Kenny's 'implementing a rotten deal we inherited from the last government' rote-style response to every crisis he must deal with. The development is all the more disturbing because, in actions such as his response to Cloyne, the Taoiseach did enough to suggest that he possessed some degree of animal spirits.

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