- May 15, 2006
Really? Well my agegroup which was trapped in negative equity hell for that period are doing better not just thanks to higher property prices. I personally had 3 job changes with 4 pay rises over the decade on the back of a philosophy degree so the whole no prospects in Ireland thing doesn't resonate, shall we say. The widespread prevalence of faster shinier more powerful personal tech devices and the expertise on show about sunny holiday destinations says people are well able to afford luxuries unthinkable to previous generations.We all know that nothing has changed for ordinary people in Ireland, post-2008.
Look, politicians try to please everyone and pay them as many as they can for votes, including those groups you mention. The cuts that were made were electoral suicide for large numbers of FFers (thankfully). Unfortunately if govt spending has to be cut, it obviously affects those who in need of that spending.Austerity was not a "difficult decision" taken in the absence of other options - it was a deliberate targeting of the poor, elderly, students, disabled and others dependent on public services to survive, perpetrated by successive establishment-party coalitions.
Not applicable to this site, most party members/hacks have long departed.2) How do party supporters of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Labour and the Greens justify their support of their parties in hindsight, knowing what they did to us over the last decade or more?
I'm with you on the intergenerational conflict but there's a global aspect to that, let's not pretend it's unique to Ireland when automation, FIRE economies and frankly rent-seeking are common western capitalist phenomena.3) In light of their continuing support for these parties, and thus endorsement of their involvement in current and future social destruction, would individuals of these parties like to explain why they think the generation under them should have a lesser standard of living than they themselves have had/are enjoying?