Irish Fudge

…..and we’re not talking about a chocolate bar here either!

After all the talk about having to make tough decisions and that there will be painful times ahead for the Public Service what does the Government have to offer after days of intensive talks with the Unions on saving the country 1.3 billion Euro on the public wages bill?

Unpaid leave? The Government have bottled it, at a time when decisive tough leadership is needed they have delivered the leadership equivalent of a limp handshake.

As per their normal modus operandi FF are putting their interests ahead that of the country again by using a sticking plaster on a wound that needs major surgery. They are leaving the issue of a bloated Public Sector wage bill to the next government showing again a total lack of leadership or commitment to the future of Ireland. Couple that with the fact that enforced unpaid leave like this will diminish front line services even more, then the ordinary taxpayer is going to reap the pain of this short sighted and weak decision as usual.

With regard to the entry level Public Service workers how do they feel now that they are taking the same cuts as their bloated middle and upper management colleagues who they are subsiding. Sounds like the unions have gotten them a “fair deal” alright.

Cowen is going to go down as the most ineffectual and useless FF Taoiseach that we have ever had backed up by an ever more anonymous Cabinet. Given his competition that is an extremely low accolade indeed.

FF the party of bottlers, gougers, spoofers and in some cases criminals.

Doggy Style

Dogs

Well just when you think things can’t get worse the country has gone to the dogs.

Well the country is paying more administering dog licenses than it takes in from them. Figures released to Fine Gaels Leo Varadkar via a parliamentary questions show that in 2008 dog licensing cost €5.7 million to administer but only took in €2.8 million in fees!!

What else lies hidden in the expenditure of Government in this country of ours.

Original story can be read here

(was going to categorise this as a rant but in reality this is a despair!)

If we tolerate this then our children will be next.

Today we have the ugly sight of public service workers downing tools and going on strike. Approximately 16000 patients have had their procedures cancelled today. Many of them are public patients and have waited a long time for these procedures, is it right to prolong their misery? Some parents have had to take a days leave from work to mind children who should have attended school, yet more work days lost to the economy.

If a company is spending more than its making it has to make changes to stay in business. Costs are cutback, Overtime is curtailed, wages and hours are cut and then finally people lose their jobs. This has been the pattern in the economy over the last year. The final part has happened to 170,000 people this year with over 400,000 people now unemployed. If behaviour like todays contemptible action is replicated a lot more taxpayers will be converted into the unemployed. Is it so hard for people in the public service to realise that they either have to take pay cuts or their numbers will have to be trimmed. If things don’t improve both may happen anyway.

The Government is the largest employer in the state, at the moment based on current figures it is borrowing around 20 billion to pay its costs. This money will have to be paid back. The Unions solution is to borrow our way out of this by softening the measures needed to remedy the situation by an extra few years. This is complete and utter madness, not only are they saddling our generation with crippling debt they are asking the next generation to pay for all our mistakes as well.

God preserve us from the Union Leaders and their Fantasy Economic flights of fancy.