Friday 24 November 2017

Editorial: Politics killing optimistic spirit

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and (inset) new Tanaiste Joan Burton
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and (inset) new Tanaiste Joan Burton


Today's Millward Brown poll reveals that after years of the dead hand of austerity, the voters are timorously preparing to embrace a new spirit of optimism. Such news should come as manna from heaven to a coalition that has been pleading, with some desperation, that Irish public life has become speckled with elements of good hope.

Economic growth is consistent, jobs of a sort are being created and neutral budgets are in prospect. Intriguingly, these developments have been completely lost in translation when it comes to the anticipated political recovery that would follow a return to growth. Instead, a deeply alienated electorate remains intent on hounding the Coalition to the same political graveyard where their unlamented predecessors reside. The bad news for the Coalition is that the voters are not being capricious. They instead have translated too well the scenario where the political chicanery and bureaucratic ineptitude displayed over issues such as Irish Water are acting as a drag upon Ireland's private-sector driven recovery.

It is unfortunate that when it comes to issues such as Irish Water, the unreformed grey steeples of our public sector continues to so consistently sap the confidence of the citizens. Sadly, there are many more reasons for the ongoing gathering public anger.

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