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Alison O’Connor (Irish Examiner, April 22) has highlighted the basic problem of the present political situation.
That is a minority government which would be asked to act like Santa Claus but would have no power to do so. She, therefore, reached the conclusion that ‘we’d just be better off with another general election straightaway’.
Since way back in the eighties the same political grouping with the aid of a sympathetic media were elected to government at all elections right through Celtic Tiger times up to 2007. It acted like Santa and used its power to increase government spending. This, they argued, was necessary to raise our standard of living.
In 2010, however, we had the biggest collapse in the history of this country when the country went bankrupt and had an €85bn bailout.
As a result, a different government was elected in 2011. That government could not act like Santa but had to use its power to inflict austerity. This, they argued, helped to bring the country back from the abyss.
The media, however, blamed the government elected in 2011 for the austerity and not the people who were in government in Celtic Tiger times. The Irish media, therefore, criticised the austerity and are now cheerleading the return of many of the policies of the Celtic Tiger. This they argue is necessary to restore our standard of living to its former level.
Since media have enormous power in forming public opinion that now looks inevitable. All we are talking about is how long it will take.
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