Thursday 8 December 2016

Driving the poor into the ground

Published 06/09/2010 | 08:27

‘RICH man’s war, poor man’s fight’ was the most common complaint of soldiers during the American Civil War. The thought of this declaration occurred to me on learning of the volume of luxury cars pouring off the forecourts of car showrooms around Ireland.

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The poor people of Ireland are being put to the pin of their collar so that we can borrow money from abroad, in order to send that same money abroad again to bondholders, who in turn gambled that Sean Fitz- Patrick knew what he was at. Pride, we are told, is the vital component underpinning the whole policy.

What would the people abroad think of us if we didn’t go happily into poverty so that the bondholders can be protected from the effects of their gambles?

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