Friday July 10, 2020

Just like the ’80s, only different

Charlie on the telly and dodgy haircuts are bad enough, but the discredited doctrine of trickle-down economics is the last straw

10th January, 2015
Charles Haughey pictured in 1983: today’s similarities with the 1980s are only skin deepPicture: PhotocallDa

Leg warmers, Hall & Oates, mullets, Spandau Ballet, big hair, Bonnie Tyler, trickle down economics, overalls, shoulder pads and Charlie – my God! – Charlie Haughey. The 1980s are everywhere at the moment.

More than anything, this was the week of the Ford Granada, Austin Princess, Timotei shampoo and the Boss. Charlie Haughey dominated the Irish airwaves again. Last Sunday, we were catapulted backwards to a 1980s Ireland, which is both instantly recognisable and profoundly...

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