The funny thing is that he is, as a rule, deeply cynical about politics and politicians. He doesn’t normally believe any of them. But when Gerry Adams or Richard Boyd Barrett or Joe Higgins promise him on the telly that a vote for them means the reversal of cutbacks and a painless future for all, his ears prick up. That’s what he wants! Along with his promised public sector pay increase and his pension contribution restored and above all, someone else picking up the tab. They are saying exactly what he wants! It’s incredible.
When his brother-in-law challenges him as to why the other parties would not just implement those policies if the solution were that easy, his brain shuts down but his Adams/RBB/Strasbourg Joe fuelled gut kicks in: Because they are bastards who hate people like him. Cowen, Martin, Kenny, Gilmore, the EU, the IMF, the bond markets, An Bord Iascaigh Mhara, they all meet to plan how to actually hurt people like him. They actually laugh, in between lobster stuffed with pheasant stuffed with foie gras, as they cut his pay.
The answers are so simple: We have gazillions in oil and gas and fish just sitting off the coast waiting to be tapped, and the rich will sit quietly and pay for everything if we just had the bottle to order them to.
Everything is someone else’s fault, and they should pay.