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Enda Kenny attacks Mary Harney for carrying out FG policy.

Posted by Jason O on Jun 24, 2009 in Irish Politics

Speaking in the Dail yesterday, Mary Harney said that “I find it strange that when we ask hospitals to make efficiency savings, some hospitals decide that the most sensitive area is the area that should be cut first.” She may be right.

Enda Kenny has demanded she resign for saying that.

Mary Harney is one of the most courageous politicians of her generation, in that she took on willingly the Kryptonite of government departments, whilst others, including the Taoiseach,  ran from it as soon as they could. But in making that  statement, she needs now to give an example of a hospital where a less sensitive cut could have been made.

By doing so, she will have proven her point, and then put the question to Enda Kenny: Is he really up to the job of reforming the public sector? Because if he believes that there are no savings to be made at all within our hospitals then he is not fit to be Taoiseach.

Additional note: Just looked at FG’s health proposals. This is what they say:

2. EFFICIENCY is not an optional extra
The Government seems to believe that efficiency is somehow an optional extra. It is no surprise, therefore, to find Ireland ranked 24th in Europe for value for money. FairCare, by making the system much more efficient and transparent, will allow more patients to be treated, and help ensure that taxpayers’ money is not wasted.”

You can see the complete FG plan here: http://www.faircare.ie/plan.html

So, in other words, Fine Gael policy is that savings in hospitals can be made without cutting the more sensitive services. Which is what Mary Harney is saying. Hmm.  I wonder, should someone tell Enda what FG policy is?


Chapters Bookshop: The Painted Jezebel of Bookshops.

Posted by Jason O on Jun 24, 2009 in Just stuff

More Books! Aggh!

More Books! Aggh!

So there I was, minding my own business, strolling back from the Hugh Lane gallery with She-Who-Chooses-To-Grace-My-Life-With-Her-Presence when we stumble upon Chapters bookshop. It was at that moment that I foolishly suggested we stick our head around the door.

With some men, it’s drink. Others drugs. With me, it’s books. I buy the damn things like they’re going out of fashion, far faster than I could ever read them. There I was, mooching about, and I see “Borrowed Time”, a history of Britain during the inter-war years by former Labour MP Roy Hattersley. As you do. Only, it IS as I do. Had I not been looking at the very same book, in paperback, in Gatwick Airport only a week previously, for £12.95 Sterling? And yet here it was is Chapters for €4.99 in hardback. Sure, it would be a crime not to buy it!

And that’s how it starts. You see, Chapters is particularly evil, because as well as having the usual up to date titles, it flogs all the remaindered books. All those ones that you looked at a year ago and thought ” That looks good, But I’m not paying €30 for it. I’ll wait for it in paperback.” Well, this is where they go to live, at good prices too, the bastards.

I left the store €30 lighter, shaking my fist at the door.

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