Tuesday 12 December 2017

No way back for Cowen's bunch of Bart Simpsons

James Downey

James Downey

WHEN you have to go down, you should go down with your guns blazing and your colours flying. That works just as well, if not better, for those in greatest need of redemption.

Charles Dickens's Sydney Carton redeemed himself by an act of heroism at the end of his life. But there are no Sydney Cartons in Brian Cowen's hapless Coalition. Instead, it contains a bunch of Bart Simpsons.

Not even Brian Lenihan can fill the Carton role. If anyone could go down with grace and style as the good ship Irish Republic sinks, it is he. The €6bn "fiscal adjustment" measures he announced on Thursday could be seen as one last brave effort to save the ship. But they are not his own measures.

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