FF will pay price for unjust debts
Published 17/04/2010 | 05:00
Referring to his austere budgetary cutbacks, Finance Minister Brian Lenihan boasted that "in France, you would have had riots if you tried to do this".
Just because the Irish are not protesting with French or Greek flare, does not mean still waters do not run deep. The debt reparations for World War One caused such resentment among the Germans that they dredged the sewers for alternative representation to established parties, in desperation for politicians who would assert citizens' interests.
When making his claim, Mr Lenihan forgot a basic law of physics -- for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. While actions can take time to filter through, just like the consequences of the World War One peace settlement took over 20 years to manifest themselves in the form of World War Two, the reaction eventually came. Just like the Germans, Irish citizens do not have unlimited absorption capacity for unjust debt burdens.