Tuesday 19 November 2019

Same old story

• Having rid ourselves of the previous obnoxious gang of arrogant, preening, useless politicians at the last General Election, the last thing the people of this country needed or wanted was for them to be replaced with an equally hypocritical and inept bunch.

Mr Kenny, in a previous Ard Fheis speech about two years ago, you made much of giving a commitment -- not just a promise, you said -- that if you were elected Taoiseach, you would sack underperforming ministers, abolish the useless and costly Seanad, abolish most of the quangos, and slash the number of irrelevant, useless TDs.

You also said that you would resign if you did not keep your commitments.

Were these lies, Mr Kenny -- and please don't insult us with the stupid, hypocritical word "untruths" -- thought up by your overpaid and out-of-touch spin doctors? Or are you going to become a real Taoiseach of honesty, integrity, and stature? I'm afraid that, having voted for your party in the last election, I am rapidly losing confidence in your ability or your word.

Indeed, I believe you and your Government lied to me. I will not be so easily fooled in four years' time!

Finbarr O'Connor
Keylogue, Co Waterford

• April Fool's Day will be a date to remember. This was the date that Phil Hogan criminalised me and one million other people with a majestic stroke of his pen.

I have to say that if Big Phil had two sets of brains, it wouldn't make him twice as smart, just twice as thick.

After all, here's a man who is laying down his version of the law to us mere mortals -- while, at the same time, in another jurisdiction (Villamorua on the Algarve in Portugal) he refuses to pay the service charges on his luxury penthouse apartment.

When asked to explain the reason for his double standards, he said you wouldn't pay for something that you're not happy with. These words may well come back to bite you, Phil.

Inside the convention centre, where the Fine Gael Ard Feis was being held, it had the look and enthusiasm of a bingo night for senior citizens in an old folks' home.

The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, was doing his utmost, not to fool some of the people some of the time, but to fool all of the people all of the time.

He thanked all of those who were pushed and bullied through fear into paying an unfair and unjust household tax. He had the cheek to describe their pressured actions as patriotism.

Does Mr Kenny or Finance Minister Michael Noonan think the turning of private Anglo Irish Bank debt into sovereign debt, to be lumped on the people, is a patriotic gesture?

Enda seems to have lost the sense of the moment while pontificating from the pulpit, because at the other end of the convention centre stands an empty, ghostlike building that was to be the headquarters of the now defunct Anglo Irish Bank, which has cast a dark cloud over our everyday lives.

J Woods
Gort an Choirce, Dun na nGall

Irish Independent

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