This popular cant of the plebs on the sanctimonious hypocrisy of preachers telling them to lead virtuous lives, applies equally to RTE current affairs debates on austerity.
Frontline: By conservative estimate, the combined salaries of Pat Kenny and his guests on Mon 3rd, ie. Minister Hayes, Pierce Doherty TD, Prof Brian Lucey and Donal Donovan ex Dep Director IMF was north of 1.1 million Euros. When you add pensions, lump sums, allowances, expenses and god knows what else to this figure, the final cost to the public is impossible to calculate.
In the interests of the much trumpeted openness and transparency, I propose that the salary of every person paid from the public purse (over,say, 80K) be displayed on the screen beside their name when being interviewed on RTE current affairs programmes. The same policy to apply to radio.
This policy should start today, budget day.