French put things in perspective
As the French take to the streets en masse to protest against their government, the French phrase "plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose" (the more it changes, the more it's the same thing) comes to mind about politics in Ireland.
Now that most opposition politicians "agree" on the severity of the finances, it leaves them all free to concentrate on how to spend their huge salaries and expenses while Joe Voter and his family have to turn off the central heating and eat a can of beans for Sunday lunch.
Perhaps Ireland would recover quicker if we had professional businessmen like Michael O'Leary running the country instead of chancers with no qualifications.
Bray, Co Wicklow