Sunday 21 January 2018

Bright minds can help bring a dose of reality

Michael Noonan: harsh Budget
Michael Noonan: harsh Budget

* I was struck by the energy, enthusiasm and innovation that characterised the hosting of the Web Summit. For a brief period, people lifted their heads to the blue sky and light that comes with untrammelled possibility and ingenuity.

Imaginations were ignited and people engaged with each other creatively. This little country has spent the past five years with its head in its hands as big finance rained anvils down upon the heads of the hard-pressed man and woman. We have done all that we can to clean up the mess but the anvils keep falling.

The Government says: "Just keep head-butting them away, all will be fine; we appreciate that these are crushing burdens that you did nothing to visit upon yourself, but the Chancellor in Germany and the great men in Europe say otherwise."

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