Thursday 22 February 2018

Yes, it's a Happy Halloween they have planned for us

We're all invited to the celebration -- just don't expect to see much in your party bag, writes Joseph O'Connor

Well, readers, it's that time of the year again. Ogres, banshees, scary creatures from the past; a coven of frightening individuals cackling over the bloodcurdling fate they have in mind for us.

Yes, it's the Cabinet meeting to plan the Budget. And isn't it wonderful that it took place in an atmospheric old mansion? Farmleigh cost the taxpayer only €50m. Thrilling to see the Cabinet members sweeping up to it, limousines shining. And people say they're out of touch with the public!

Actually, the Government had planned on cancelling Halloween this year, since holding it, like holding the Donegal by-election, would only be a distraction from the real issues. Yes, Daniel O'Connell struggled all his life so that we would be able to choose who would represent us in parliament, but we mustn't let these little sentimentalities get in the way. Democracy is all very nice when things are going well, but when things get tough, as they sometimes do, we would be wise to remember that ancient Irish proverb: "Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuhrer."

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