Wednesday 21 February 2018

Auction politics is alive and well as election nears

Labour's Employment Minister Ged Nash. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Labour's Employment Minister Ged Nash. Photo: Steve Humphreys


Explaining why he steered clear of politics, novelist Louis-Ferdinand Céline said: "I have never voted in my life ... I have always known and understood that the idiots are in a majority so it's certain they will win."

The current bidding war between Fine Gael and Labour for the hearts and minds - but mostly the votes - of the Irish electorate, bears all the hallmarks of idiocy.

Low-paid voters are to benefit by an increase in the minimum wage by more than €2 per hour if Labour makes it back into government. The merits of this or its affordability are not what matters; the priority is to shore up Labour support, even if it means a bust-up with its putative coalition partners. Fine Gael is alarmed that bumping up the minimum wage will be too much of a burden for small businesses.

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