Sunday 21 January 2018

Brians could learn from Britain's welfare re-think

Cameron seems closer to the old FF egalitarian ethos than Cowen, writes John-Paul McCarthy

INSPIRATION for Brian Cowen and Brian Lenihan came from an unlikely source last week as British Prime Minister David Cameron started his battle with public sector pensions and ballooning welfare bills.

As the Taoiseach and his Finance Minister hide behind the Croke Park agreement -- immunising public sector workers from pay cuts or compulsory redundancies until 2014 -- Cameron came out fighting against the principle of oligarchy.

Showing the kind of clarity and insight that seems to be eluding the Irish Government these past few weeks, Cameron told Andrew Marr last Sunday that he wanted to break the welfare culture that had done such damage in recent years.

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