Tuesday 6 December 2016

Austerity must be put to an end

Published 18/09/2011 | 05:00

The Taoiseach was at it again last week as we were told this was a man who would not shirk from making the 'tough decisions'. Mr Kenny needs to be careful for such has been the regularity with which he has been recently shaping up to make these 'tough decisions' that he may yet actually make one.

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There was no danger of that happening last week as the Government swiftly threw a wet blanket over the claim by the departing ECB banker, Juergen Stark, that Irish public sector wages were still too high. Unfortunately it simultaneously emerged that Irish teachers are amongst the highest-paid and lowest-worked pedagogues in the world. Still they are not alone for as our 'spoilt' ESB workers prepared to revolt against Pat Rabbitte's 'Irish solution'-style privatisation policy we also learnt our judges and politicians continue to be the highest-paid wonders of western Europe.

In fairness, when it comes to ruling elites, the kindness of today's Sunday Independent opinion poll suggests the people believe our new Rainbow are far from being at the bottom of the class. Mind you, that is no great achievement for the most galling feature of the current crisis is that, like some man-made environmental disaster, our woes are being exacerbated by the worst collection of political gargoyles since the Thirties.

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