Tuesday 28 March 2017

Kevin Myers: The hospital that has up to 20pc of its staff absent every single day

GOVERNANCE of this state has moved from Dail Eireann to RTE, where the real Taoiseach David Begg announced that certain public service allowances could go -- this, just a few days after the poor hapless minister Brendan Howlin had concluded that only one of these 1,100 perks could be scrapped.

The Begg initiative is shrewd tactics, because a review of the allowances (he says) would take years. Simplest, then, to absorb the allowances into pay: thus obduracy masquerades as reason.

Brilliant -- and confirmation that whereas all governments live beyond their means, governments controlled by public-service unions live beyond their grandchildren's. We are riding for a terrible fall, and only the anti-gravitational delusions created by this bizarre cult of tomorrowism could have blinded government ministers and their trade union bosses to this certainty.

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