Monthly Archives For November 2010

Sorry is the Hardest Word

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In early 2009 a number of commentators, analysts and economists claimed if we cut public spending, raised general taxes – if we took the pain ‘up-front‘ – then we’d get the deficit under control, borrowing…

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Some Reflections on Iraq and Oil

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The blood of Iraq boils black. Bubbling beneath the surface in a sandy womb, Iraq´s oil reserves resemble an iceberg. The `known´ and officially confirmed oil deposits amount to some 115 billion barrels. At over…

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A Different Recovery

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A Different Recovery Pervenche Berès MEP is Chair of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee of the European Parliament. She spoke at the TASC conference in October. Economic recovery is still just a future prospect….

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Austerity Mantra

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Austerity Mantra Everything must be on the table. Your ninety seven year old granny is no longer cost effective, would benefit greatly from being brought face to face with a compassionate baseball bat. The figures…

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Sharing the Burden

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As we collectively brace ourselves for four years of austerity, it is worth remembering that Ireland is not a poor country. Yes we have high levels of unemployment and poverty. Yes we have high levels…

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Crocnodile Shoes

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Satan is my co-pilot. The evil usurper anti-Pope Bendedict is being in Spain for the last couple of days, as if our poor beknighted country is not having enough to worry about. Yesterday he was…

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