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An effective recovery must offer proof that we are all ‘still in it together’

Topping up ministers’ salaries while scheduling cuts in pandemic unemployment payments is bad politics

26th July, 2020
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Taoiseach Micheál Martin: their newly formed government faces criticism for topping up the salaries of three super-junior ministers while the country battles to recover from Covid-19

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, spoke for many people recently when she said that she would not come out of the coronavirus crisis the same as she went into it. It had, she said, made her re-evaluate what was important in life and what was not so important.

Politically, she said it had lowered her tolerance for some of the nonsense and mud-throwing of politics. In an interview for Alastair Campbell’s online series...

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