Sado-masochism is not solution
•Our 'new' Government is testing the patience of its supporters to the limit. And beyond.
The result of the election in February was an artificial 'freeze' snapshot of an Irish public opinion in very rapid and radical transition. We now have a Dail and a Government dominated by people who have no intention of discommoding those who did well out of the Tiger years. This does not reflect current public opinion.
Our Labour ministers in particular seem to have 'gone native'. They are intent on a kind of atavistic Celtic-ascetic, Jansenist sado-masochism -- for which they believe they will earn an eternal martyr's crown in the heaven of history.