Tuesday 16 January 2018

Let's hold off on 'Saint Brian' tag

Like most people, I admire the courage of Brian Lenihan in the manner in which he is dealing with his illness and his commitment in carrying out his job, but before we canonise him we should also remember that he is a Fianna Fail Finance Minister, a member of the political party mainly responsible for the banking and housing mess we are all experiencing.

He is currently working on a Budget that will probably widen the gap between the well-off and less well-off in this country. Combine that with the increase in levies (for example, the ESB), other stealth taxes and possible social welfare cuts and we can see that the "Saint Brian" tag might be a bit previous.

He and his Government are basking in the praise of publications such as 'The Wall Street Journal' and the 'Financial Times' -- not to mention the ludicrous coverage in 'Newsweek'.

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