Sunday 18 March 2018

The one-trick pony populists will tap into any discontent

Hard-line left TDs are desperate to keep the divisive issue of water charges to the fore - no matter how much it costs

Joan Collins TD Photo: Tom Burke
Joan Collins TD Photo: Tom Burke
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

There is an increasingly desperate attempt by hard-line left-wing TDs to put water charges at the centre of any political debate in Leinster House.

The one-trick pony populists pine for the days of public unrest which saw government ministers trapped in their cars for hours and the President called a "midget parasite".

The Irish left are nothing without protest. If they are not marching down O'Connell Street in Dublin beneath a banner condemning water charges, they are reduced to criticising global imperialism or something else they read in a Noam Chomsky book.

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