Wednesday 17 January 2018

Gene Kerrigan: Despite allegations, we still don't blame ourselves

Poll points finger at the door of FF/Green government, bankers and developers

Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

Did we all party, as Brian Lenihan charged? Did we go mad, as Enda Kenny claims? Apparently not, if the results of the Sunday Independent poll are to be believed.

After four years of rhetoric aimed at inducing guilt in the citizens, only three per cent of people see themselves as primarily to blame for the crash. A mere 12 per cent believe the citizens bear any blame at all.

The effort to convince us that economic recklessness consisted of getting a mortgage to put an over-priced roof over your head appears to have failed. It's the FF/Green government (39 per cent) and the banks (35 per cent) that take the primary blame. In assigning "any blame", a massive 85 per cent point the finger at the banks, 77 per cent at the government, and 46 per cent at the developers.

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