Tuesday 16 January 2018

Gene Kerrigan: Poor suffer while we mollycoddle rich

Austerity measures have yet to take root with those at the top of the ladder, writes Gene Kerrigan

How's this austerity thing going? At one level, it's going great guns. We're like Christmas trees, they've hung so many extra taxes and charges and levies on to us. They've cut our wages, cut our jobs and slashed our services -- and now the EU has pushed up mortgage rates, because, I kid you not, they're worried about "upside risks to price stability".

Any time of day, you switch on the radio and there's a 50/50 chance you'll hear a millionaire RTE presenter grilling some poor saps. How dare they, the millionaire thunders, be reluctant to take even more cuts?

That's at one level. But, I'm a bit worried that the austerity message hasn't taken root at the higher echelons. It seems like half the time you switch on the radio there's some well upholstered fat cat telling us what a great job he's doing.

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