Wednesday 20 September 2017

Noonan beware: only matter of time till squeezed middle shouts 'show me the money'

Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe (left) and Finance Minister Michael Noonan. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe (left) and Finance Minister Michael Noonan. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Mandy Johnston

Mandy Johnston

Defining jargon to categorise the electorate into chirpy soundbites has become somewhat of a pastime for the bourgeoisie. The squeezed middle, the coping classes, the JAM (just about managing) generation... take your pick. They are all just euphemisms for that section of our society deemed to be most affected by rising charges and taxes. This section of society are in jobs that deliver low to middle incomes which have not been rising as fast as their expenses or, in some cases, not rising at all.

An unquestioned premise among our current batch of political masters has been that those taxpayers will remain subservient, content with no reward for their personal sacrifices while the Exchequer begins to bulge once again.

With the political system convulsed and paralysed with the machinations of Fine Gael, and who its next leader might be, real debate about our economy has slipped from the political discourse somewhat.

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