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April 26, 2012

The Cedar Lounge Revolution

One of the odd things about the Labour party conference is just how drab it seemed and in a way that’s one reason I haven’t got around to any consideration of it until now. Gilmore’s speech was curiously tentative as perhaps befits a man who sometimes seems detached from the very government he is Tanaiste of. And not detached in the sense of not supporting, but just not being very visible. Perhaps that’s clever given that he also admitted – perhaps with remarkable optimism that:

Finally, we will reclaim our economic independence and say goodbye to the troika. Our objective is to be out of the EU-IMF programme within two years, to be able to sell Irish Government bonds on the financial markets, and to stand on our own two feet again. But to do that, we have to get our budget deficit down.

This is not a matter of…

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