Saturday 24 February 2018

Carol Hunt : Debt would be a release next to this travesty

Apart from the fig leaf of insolvency, there is little solace in the new Bill for those crippled by negative equity, writes Carol Hunt

'Tu ne peux pas, ou tu ne veux pas?" You can't or you won't? is what French parents say when dealing with difficult children. Author Margaret Atwood uses it in her book Payback and I was reminded of it repeatedly last week amid all the coverage of our supposedly radical Personal Insolvency Bill.

Perhaps the volume of texts and emails merited it, but did RTE really have to concentrate so much on the indignant horror of those who never borrowed a penny in their life; never set foot in a bank; still live with mammy and still have their communion money in a tin under the bed?

Do we really have such a large number of people living in the country who are so disgusted at the thought of their destitute neighbours getting a break?

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