Sunday 22 April 2018

Bruce Arnold: We need loud mea culpa from FF if it is to recover

LEO Varadkar won an important political victory this week and opened up the battlefield that lies ahead. The issues to be confronted are numerous and involve all members of the Government.

They raise serious decision-making problems for the opposition parties, dividing them and, in the case of Fianna Fail, confronting them with culpability in the creation of the bonus and semi-state management cultures that are now so much against the public mood.

The people as a whole have to grapple with an economic crisis that is both national and personal. It is going to get worse and stretch ever tighter the private and public purses involved. The vast majority will have no say in how their contribution to public debt is increased. Nor will they know in advance of further raids upon their resources through new taxation. But the axe must fall and we have to think ourselves into the solving of a collective predicament.

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