The always readable Richard Delevan has a bit of fun in his recent Sunday Tribune column, tweaking the noses of liberals and would-be radicals (or, at least, Fintan O’Toole and Vincent Browne), suggesting their critique of Irish poverty is a bit stale, a bit passé and, in any event, not borne out by new statistics emerging from the OECD. Mr. Delevan concludes we can finally put to rest the idea that the ‘rich get richer and the poor get poorer’. In fact, if anyone doesn’t bury that ‘trope’ they are in danger of becoming flat-earthers. We are making considerable inroads in reducing inequality in society. In fact, we are almost unique in the OECD in this regard.
However, before conceding all this, we should take careful measurement of the flatness or curvature of these ‘facts’.