Tuesday 20 March 2018

In theory and in practice, austerity fails

The intellectual basis for this madness that is destroying lives has been stripped away, writes Gene Kerrigan

Paul Curtis is an Elvis Presley impersonator from Mississippi. He allegedly sent a poisoned letter to the White House last week in an attempt to assassinate President Obama. Most weeks, that would guarantee Paul his 15 minutes of fame. Last week, however, Paul was consigned to the small print at the bottom of an inside page. Bad timing, Paul – you were up against sensation overload.

The Boston bombs and their tragic consequences, followed by the shoot-outs and the chases, the lockdowns and the siege – a Hollywood fantasy come to life. The horrific fertiliser factory explosion in Texas. The overblown Thatcher funeral, the dreary attempt to make political capital out of a dead leader.

At home, the sadness and anger generated by the Savita Halappanavar inquest and the personal, medical and political consequences. The collapse of the attempt to bully public sector workers into Croke Park II.

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