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John Drennan: Rehn gets us ready for German pot

This country may need a revolution but Europe doesn't want that sort of disruption, says John Drennan

Published 14/11/2010 | 05:00

JEAN Colbert, the 17th-Century finance minister under the rule of Louis XIV, famously noted that "the art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least hissing".

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Last week's visitation by Olli Rehn certainly suggested that the philosophy of Colbert is still alive and plucking. In the somewhat relieved aftermath of an event that had been talked about in the sort of hushed, fearful terms normally reserved for the Spanish Inquisition, everyone was terribly impressed by the politeness of our new overlord.

But the real question we should be asking is why is Olli Rehn so anxious to create the sort of 'consensus' that will keep the most unpopular Taoiseach in the history of the Irish State in power?

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