In 2012, as Ireland wrestled with its second unemployment crisis in 30 years, we changed the way we did things.
The Irish model of unemployment support had traditionally been too “passive”, complained the troika. We needed to “activate” the labour market (and, by implication, the unemployed); to do so, we needed to impose “conditionality”.
Activation and conditionality are euphemisms. The point was to introduce sanctions.
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