Thursday 14 December 2017

Martina Devlin: When parents can't feed children, it's not a recession, it's a catastrophe

AS a people, we are partial to ambiguity and to diplomatic speech, which allows what's happening in Ireland today to be described as a recession. That belongs to the same category of euphemism whereby World War Two became the Emergency.

This is no recession, it is a catastrophe. Four years into the economic downturn -- another of our delicate turns of phrase -- the reality of austerity is blindingly visible.

For downturn read meltdown. For cutting back read cutting people no slack. For parity of pain read disproportionate pain.

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