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The humanity test: do these people deserve €350 a week?

Declan Lynch


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'Did you think there was a scandal in the fact that some poorly paid workers were better off or did you think that the scandal lay in the realisation that these people are being paid so little anyway?' (stock photo)

'Did you think there was a scandal in the fact that some poorly paid workers were better off or did you think that the scandal lay in the realisation that these people are being paid so little anyway?' (stock photo)

'Did you think there was a scandal in the fact that some poorly paid workers were better off or did you think that the scandal lay in the realisation that these people are being paid so little anyway?' (stock photo)

It was the ultimate test of where you stand on the great issues of economics and society: when you found out that a few people on the €350-a-week Covid payment were actually getting more than they would for working, did you think this was a good or a bad thing?

Did you think there was a scandal in the fact that some poorly paid workers were better off, perhaps moving the few extra bob to their offshore accounts?

Or did you think that the scandal lay in the realisation that these people are being paid so little anyway?