Wednesday 24 January 2018

Not everyone has access to the Coalition Noah's Ark

Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

The biblical deluges of recent days do not dampen all equally. The nomenklatura can shelter in the Noah's Ark of benchmarking. First built by Bertie Ahern to look after the public sector, Fine Gael and Labour are still adding extensions to it, with such ploys as paying civil service increments by raiding private pensions.

Last week, I remarked that Fine Gael had a sense of entitlement to public emoluments whereas Fianna Fail were furtive about it. Although it was a throwaway remark it seemed to touch a nerve. Especially among disgruntled Coalition voters whose only complaint was that I let Labour off the hook.

Later I hope to remedy that. But Fine Gael is still in first place in expressing that sense of entitlement. Last week Leo Varadkar, who has appointed 120 persons to state boards, complained about the "negative" portrayal of appointees with political connections.

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