Sunday 17 December 2017

Budget fallout

•Listening to Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin and Taoiseach Enda Kenny this week slaughtering the English language by turning the meaning of words such as "fair" and "just" upside down, Shakespeare came to mind: "I can suck melancholy out of a song, as a weasel sucks eggs."

And for someone who is taking a public salary exceeding €100,000 to condemn the most vulnerable to more "hungry days" and even greater fuel poverty is an act of breathtaking hypocrisy.

No amount of spin, no matter how costly, will alter that fact.

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