Let's not forget the PDs...

Pauli

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All of Europe's basket case economies are run by left-wing "if you've got it, spend it" governments.
Are you calling Charlie McCreevy "left-wing"??

"If I have it, I spend it" was a core tenet, sorry, make that the sum total of his economic philosophy. McCreevy was a PD in an FF suit, probably guessing rightly at the time that Kildare wasn't ready for tooth and claw neo-liberalism so he kept up the clinics for the sheep-dipping grants.
 


Baron von Biffo

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Are you calling Charlie McCreevy "left-wing"??

"If I have it, I spend it" was a core tenet, sorry, make that the sum total of his economic philosophy. McCreevy was a PD in an FF suit, probably guessing rightly at the time that Kildare wasn't ready for tooth and claw neo-liberalism so he kept up the clinics for the sheep-dipping grants.
Advantage Pauli

 

Cennetig

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It makes me sad to see this populist bile against the PDs, just when we need them them most!

Basically the PDs were the only torch of freedom that this island has seen since the last populist backlash in 1845.

Now the masses are sweltering for cheap socialism... lets hope the IMF coup can rekindle that torch with a napalm strike.
Don't throw it all away!
Yeah the country's in such good shape it would be a shame to throw it all away...
 

Pax

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I'd prefer to take my chances in a clean, efficient, safe private hospital than entering the nirvana that is the union run public hospitals.
Not if you look at the decades of peer-reviewed medical journal studies and the outcome from the same private for-profits in the States. It ain't pretty mixing profit and healthcare.

And don't make me laugh at "efficient" -- costly and inefficient is the reality. For profit healthcare costs more per person. Just look at comparison costs between the two.

We would save money introducing a single payer public universal healthcare system. Instead we have bloody Mary, walking her weary way out of colocated leech hospitals subsidized by 100s of millions, and saying we can't afford it!
 

mido

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Its quite bizarre that you chose to denegrate Thatcherism given the relative state of the UK and Irish economies.

Thatcher freed the UK economy from the shackles or a pampered public sector and corrisve trade union movement.

As a result, the current UK Government is able to make necessary decisions without the country grinding to a halt.

Is that the case here? No. Because we got Bertieism, where instead of tackling vested interests, you give them lots of money and hope they go away.
you obviously did not have the pleasure of working in the uk in the early 90's- light touch regulation of the financial sector had nothing, I suppose, to do with our current mess-
 


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