Monday 22 January 2018

Kenny still playing the populism game

The Taoiseach failed to properly analyse the part we all played in our economic collapse, writes John-Paul McCarthy

John-Paul McCarthy

Watching the Taoiseach's address last week, my thoughts were crowded by a Czech Thatcherite and a Cork tortoise.

Let me explain the Czech Thatcherite first.

When the Taoiseach assured people that they bore no responsibility for our economic collapse, I thought of Czech president Vaclav Klaus who opened his presidential term in 2003 with these words: "I am a bit like all of you. Neither a former Communist nor a former dissident, neither a henchman nor a moralist, whose very presence on the scene is a reminder of the courage you did not have: your bad conscience."

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