Sunday 11 December 2016

Enda game

Published 28/01/2012 | 05:00

Have the troika-infested waters resulted in Enda Kenny developing the memory of a goldfish? A mere seven weeks since his state of the nation address, where the Irish people were told the financial crisis was not their fault, an international audience of economists at Davos is told that Ireland's problems are a result of "people going mad with borrowing".

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Mr Kenny's contradictory explanations of Ireland's financial travails at home and abroad represent a cynical strategy to extol domestic and European audiences in order to maintain popularity on both fronts. We elect government to govern and regulators are appointed to regulate.

Above all else it was both executive and financial oversight that resulted in the mess Ireland now finds itself in. The failure to identify the primary culprits for Ireland's woes to an international audience at Davos and instead to suggest the Irish 'people' bear a collective responsibility is a despicable public betrayal of the Irish nation. In the words of Robert Burns: "Such a parcel of rogues in a nation."

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