Division Bell: Government keeps faith with the plan

The coalition gave itself a pat on the back last Wednesday, but its success depends on whether enough ordinary people get a sense of recovery in their daily lives.

10th March, 2013
The sight of politicians clapping each other on the back is certain to make the blood boil among ordinary voters who are struggling to make ends meet.

The government completed two years in office yesterday, which seems an obvious time to assess its performance so far.

First: what does the government say about itself? Last Wednesday, the Taoiseach and Tánaiste summoned the media to Government Buildings to share with them their own sober, but not entirely disinterested, evaluation. Not surprisingly, their report was favourable.

A great effort was made to make the whole thing look modest and self-effacing, conscious as...

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