Anger and the orthodoxy November 23, 2012Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics, Uncategorized.
Uh-oh. One of the worst Backroom’s in the SBP in quite some while. In it the anonymous writer complains about the ‘angry brigade’ of Ross, Webb, O’Toole, McWilliams et al. Now not all Backroom’s points are unreasonable, not least when s/he notes that unlike our political parties Ross et al are charging in for the privilege of hearing them opine on their views. €25 to be precise. I’m not sure that constitutes good value, and hard to see one going again. And nor is Backroom incorrect when s/he criticises O’Toole, though the same charge can be levelled at others in that crew, for ‘not deciding to run for election because it needed 40-like minded people to get elected to hold the balance of power’. Given that O’Toole cosied up to the most disparate imaginable crew in the immediate run up to the 2011 election in pursuit of that goal it is beyond passing strange that he did not recognise that the idea that any such formation could have had optimal outcomes was absurd.
But Backroom oddly enough, is pretty angry him or herself. And it’s quite a list too. Those who don’t vote in referendums, those like the angry brigade who mouth off to highly paid presenters about highly paid bankers. Well in fairness to Ross et al,
Backroom also has unkind words for those not paying the household charge. And those who ‘oppose the Gathering because it is not based on high class cultural events’ which by the way is news to me.
But it’s in the last two or three that we really get to see the colour of Backroom’s money. S/he’s angry about:
…the special interest groups who want more spending for their projects but won’t say where the axe should fall?
But what of those of us who think the most equable way the axe should fall is through increased taxation on all? No mention of that option. And what of the following which invites more or less the same response?
Surely it is time that the commentariat, including the angry brigade, faced up to the fact that the country is broke and the government has very little option in its policy choices, and turned its enormous brainpower into generating positive ideas that will help economic recovery.
Ah, the orthodoxy. Never far away these days.