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Thread: Do we need an Irish Iron Lady?

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    Default Do we need an Irish Iron Lady?

    Well do we need a lady that's not for turning to sort out the mess we are in. I am sure Maggie would have:
    1- Stood up to the public sector unions and cut pay, pensions, perks and personnel.
    2- Reformed the HSE.
    3- Scrapped FAS.
    4- Culled Quangoes.
    5- Limited welfare to those in genuine need.
    to name but a few.

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    Ahh the maggie myth.

    Having grown up in London during her tenure, no.

    She ripped the guts out of the country to feed the city, and the people have never been the same since.

    No one needs a maggie.
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    We already have one in Merkel. Germany controls more of the Irish economy at present then anyone

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilverSpurs View Post
    Well do we need a lady that's not for turning to sort out the mess we are in. I am sure Maggie would have:
    1- Stood up to the public sector unions and cut pay, pensions, perks and personnel.
    2- Reformed the HSE.
    3- Scrapped FAS.
    4- Culled Quangoes.
    5- Limited welfare to those in genuine need.
    to name but a few.

    Margaret Thatcher - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    6. Sold off 1.5 million acres of Coillte land to Bertie's Forestry Federation crowd.
    7. Closed every remaining public hospital and blamed the resulting death toll on union intransigence.
    8. Privatised water supply. The private utilities would then award their directors enormous bonuses, and sack all current civic or county council employees.
    9. Privatised electricity supply. The private utilities would then award their directors enormous bonuses, and sack all current ESB employees.
    10. Sold every heritage site in Ireland to private companies. Newgrange, for example, would then be owned and operated by Newgrange Enterprises Inc., a British-owned company.
    11. Introduced a poll tax on deprived areas of the country.
    12. Introduced special tax breaks for News International and Sky Digital, to encourage Irish people to buy Sky dishes. Along with special tax penalties for RTE to force it into liquidation.
    13. Encouraged the Irish public to invest their life savings in public flotations, and then warn them of the dangers of the market afterwards, when they lose everything.

    What a marvellous country this would be to live in
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    If it's an Irish Iron Lady to ruin the country, may I suggest.. The Harninator 3000! Ten speed mouth and a good strong chassey, she'll have the country privatised in no time.

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    Keynesian ro Monetarist to Keynesian to Monetarist... Is there no end to this vicious circle?

    Do we ever learn? Thatcher was a war hungry neo liberal statist hag. Between her and Reagan this crisis was exacberated. Blair and Brown were actually worse again. Despite his dull, boring and meekish persona, John Major wasn't too bad.
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    We do, but who or where is she

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    We need a strong leader alright but not a Maggie, an iconic throwback to the bad old days of British imperialism. The mess does need to be sorted, though.

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    We do but we have no Thatcher.

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    Thatcher, boring!
    Naive right-wing fanboys in their bunkers think that someone like that would stand up to the vested interests. Thatchers sort ARE the vested interests. We already live in Thatchers dreamworld where the poor and middle classes pay 10s of biollions of corporate welfare to keep the financial gravy train alive whilst real workers can't get jobs and public services are slashed.

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