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Personality politics are concealing real issues

Politicians are only doing what is in their best interest in looking for votes.

During the boom, the narrative was that we were awash with cash, everything was getting better and better, and there was no downside to the spending spree.

The fact that the spending spree involved a tripling of bank lending and a tripling of government spending was pretty well ignored, and went unchallenged.

During the consequent bust, and right up to the present election campaign, the anti-austerity narrative has taken over. This amounts to every vested interest being given the freedom to demand more and more of taxpayers’ money.

The fact that this election is taking place after the biggest calamity to ever hit this country is being ignored.

The personality-based coverage of the boom-time elections, which distracted us from the reality, is being repeated.

For example, that the Irish government deficit in 2010 was far worse than it was in Greece has been forgotten.

We have just to look at Greece, now, to see what could have happened to us.

As the world situation is not great, there is a lot more at stake for this country than personality politics and placating vested interests.

You would never know that looking at much of the media coverage of the election campaign so far.

A. Leavy

Shielmartin Drive


Dublin 13


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