The real fraud
It seems that Social Protection Minister Joan Burton has kicked off the new year in the same vein as she left off in 2011, issuing statements and plans which imply widespread welfare fraud.
A new plan, we are told, will put "a time limit for social welfare recipients" which is clearly just another swipe at those forced onto the Live Register.
There is no doubt that one of the most socially corrosive crimes is fraud, and welfare fraud is no different. The sad truth of the matter is, however, that we in Ireland have a very high tolerance for it and this is particularly the case when the fraud is perpetrated by those at the top end of the socio-economic ladder -- who, by the way, are responsible for the vast majority of it.