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July 28, 2008


Aidan OSullivan

Excellent post.

Again, Labour should highlight the concept of the 'social wage' and failure of the government to steer our resources toward productive uses over the past decade.


Well done. I saw Tansey's article at the time and I was complaining to a colleague how shamelessly Tanswy salpped out the figures without either context, relative terms, or anything else. Just fired out absolute increases and used it as a stick to beat the public sector. Pure, raw, untamed ideology.

Shay Conway

Tansey’s use of absolute figures was a bit annoying and a typical simplistic argument. Arguments like these can be easily countered as you have done so quite eloquently however, your attack on the large amount of money spent on style and fashion is unnecessary. €700 on a pair of shoes is something most of us could do, indeed one pack of cigarettes per day equates to three such pairs per annum, in the end of the day it is a personal choice, between bad value and bad value. The problem arises when most of us can’t do things like buying style and we don’t have a choice, then we know we are poor.

Michael Taft

Thanks, Shay, for your comment. I take your point - I may have been a bit populist. And your comment certainly did hit home as I do smoke. What I was trying to say is that there are a lot of people who don't earn a lot - the 71% who earn less than €38,000 but I accept that I could have said it differently.

And I do intend to give up smoking. Talk about bad value!

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