Our ministers' ongoing hypocrisy
Published 22/12/2011 | 10:58
The revelation that three of the cabinet ministers most responsible for the savage spending cuts and tax increases contained in this month's Budget have yet to give up their teachers' pension entitlements demonstrates that many of our political leaders still don't "get it".
At a time when families have seen their after-tax incomes slashed by up to €600 per month, the sight of those inflicting such pain refusing to practice what they preach is very hard to take.
Today's Irish Independent reveals that Finance Minister Michael Noonan, Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin and Social Protection Minister Joan Burton have refused to say if they will give up their right to a pension from their time as teachers before they entered politics.