As someone who didn't vote for parties who supported Austerity, I have to admit, I find it baffling (and ironic) that while the vast majority of people think Austerity isn't working, they still voted in greater numbers for political parties who support Austerity policies.
When you consider the recent polls which shows that 65%+ of Irish people still support centre right parties who have and continue to campaign on a pro-austerity platform, why do those voters then go on to complain when their chosen party (currently FG) implement the policies that they voted for ?
Those of us who campaigned for the removal of the bank debt from the Irish people lost the last election to those of you who voted in a FG manifesto which included a promise that 'we wont default on the bank debt and will pay back every cent of the circa €64 billion (of then other people's money).
As we know, FG then went on to negotiate a deal which permanently left us with other peoples losses (aka bank debt) for decades to come, thus guaranteeing years if not decades of Austerity to come, which includes tax hikes, service cuts etc. etc...
Anyway, why after you voted in FG (or likely FF next time) do you then go on to complain when the policies you voted in get implemented ??????