Tuesday 24 October 2017

'I can take the despair, it's the hope that I can't stand'

FG has been surprisingly quick to abandon its lofty ideals and let the bankers off the hook, says Eilis O'Hanlon

HERE we go again. This time it's Justice Minister Alan Shatter getting all our hopes up, by suggesting that the gargantuan bonuses paid out to the bosses of bailed-out banks could be stopped.

If only we had a euro for every time a politician has promised to get tough with the kitty-raiding bankers, well, we'd almost be as rich as the bankers themselves.

Why should we believe it this time? It's not as if Fine Gael has come good on any of its pre-election promises to get tough with the other sources of public disquiet. A sliver off the punishing rate of interest being charged by our European "friends" certainly wasn't what the electorate had in mind when Enda Kenny talked big about renegotiating the EU/IMF bailout. Nor did we seriously credit that, when Fine Gael was trumpeting loudly its planned overhaul of the public sector, a couple of months later the rhetoric would have shrunk to urging the unions to buck up and get a move on implementing savings in the Croke Park Agreement or, by golly, something might have to be done.

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