Wednesday 21 February 2018

Lise Hand: Brussels Bogeyman arrives on our doorstep, but he's trying hard not to scare us

Lise Hand

Lise Hand

He certainly didn't look like the sort of Bogeyman who is conjured up by Irish mammies and daddies to put the frighteners on their bold offspring.

That Bogeyman has fangs and fur and scratches at your bedroom window at night. This scary apparition is the poster-boy for wholesome bureaucrats -- Olli Rehn is bespectacled, sober-suited and mild of countenance.

It never Rehns but it pours. As if it wasn't bad enough that we're beset by political turmoil, buffeted by flood warnings, lashed by the bond markets and crucified by debt, now the Brussels Bogeyman stalks the land. And he's coming to a recession near you.

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