Tuesday 23 January 2018

One's wage had better be matched by one's usefulness

Taoiseach's Marie Antoinette moments can't hurt him any more, but a TD still on her way up should be more careful, says Eilis O'Hanlon

WHEN Nicolas Sarkozy first took office, the salary of the French president was €8,000 a month. Sarko saw that it was increased to €19,000, citing some unconvincing guff about the indignity of a president earning less than the French prime minister; but all is changed again, as new President Francois Hollande announced an immediate 40 per cent cut in his salary, bringing his total down to €13,000 a month.

If you're thinking that still leaves him a not-exactly-shabby €5,000 up on where his predecessor began, you wouldn't be wrong; but you could also be forgiven for not noticing it, since the leftist press in Paris and abroad have reacted to the news as if the Socialist president has renounced all worldly goods, like a Franciscan monk, when it's merely the political equivalent of an alcoholic expecting praise for giving up six bottles of Beaujolais while expecting everyone not to mention the 13 bottles he still has stashed behind the cushions. Being a Socialist means never having to say sorry.

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