If there is a time for humour, and this probably wasn’t it Taoiseach, but I do think it is long past time Sinn Féin was not allowed to get away with putting down its inability to get anything done in NI to the Brits and/or the Prods.
In the hyper tense post Brexit referendum age it’s too easy for southern voters to buy any old guff as a way of shifting the blame from internal (ie, Strand 1 and Strand 2 relations on the island) relations to the British.
However, record in government in the north should matter to southern voters (not to mention the pol corrs tasked with informing them properly). This wasn’t an attack on Sinn Féin, but a series of blows on a ropey opposition:
Taoiseach @LeoVaradkar confirms the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme & the Pandemic Unemployment Payment of €350 per week will be extended beyond mid-June.
— Fine Gael (@FineGael) May 7, 2020
I don’t think many southern commentators understand what they ignore the detail of how northern democracy collapsed without a trace, but what’s worse is the stenographisation of party political tropes that are not reflected in the data.
Nearly five years of an FG/Labour coalition and a further four of an FG/FF confidence and supply administration has led to much better outcomes than SF and the alphabet left routinely suggest. Final word, Seamus Coffey:
Which country did @OECD estimate saw the largest reduction in income inequality from one generation to the next?
See chart of changes in inequality for generations born 1920s to 1950s to 1980s.
No, not Belgium at the top; they had the highest increase. Look down the other end. pic.twitter.com/PdWFtDTXU3
— Seamus Coffey (@seamuscoffey) May 5, 2020
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