Friday 9 December 2016

The majority didn't vote for a Left-wing agenda

The Government needs to snap out of its torpor and stop allowing marginal politicians to dictate the agenda

Published 02/10/2016 | 02:30

Leo the Saint: The Social Protection Minister has always been conscious of the importance of the middle classes to the economy Photo: Steve Humphreys
Leo the Saint: The Social Protection Minister has always been conscious of the importance of the middle classes to the economy Photo: Steve Humphreys

Politics in Ireland has gone haywire. Increasingly it seems like what should matter a lot doesn't matter and what shouldn't matter is all that matters.

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Water charges for a normal household would net out at €160 a year. Yet it has convulsed the country for the last few years and continues to do so. It's ridiculous.

And yes, yes, it's easy for comfortably-off people like me to dismiss €160 a year, but some people just can't pay it. And it is, apparently, the greatest injustice ever committed on the poor Irish, the most oppressed people in the world ever.

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