Friday 14 November 2008

If you're happy and you know it...

According to the latest Irish Times /TNS mrbi poll, 18% of people are currently satisfied with the performance of the government while 27% of people are satisfied with the performance of Fianna Fáil.

Although 18% may sound like a low approval rating, it means that just over 1 in 5 people think the government are doing a perfectly adequate job. Look around you - if this poll is to be believed, every 5th or 6th person you see thinks that:

  • Removing the automatic entitlement of over 70s to a medical card
  • Putting the lives of young girls at risk by halting the roll-out of a cervical cancer vaccine which has been shown to be cost effective - all for the sake of a measly €10 million
  • Withdrawing funding for remedial and special needs teachers and, at the same time, increasing class sizes to among the highest in Europe
  • Delivering an almighty clusterfuck of a budget.
  • Failing to address the bloated, expensive public sector - particularly the large administrative contingents in those departments worst hit by the cuts.
  • Putting the taxpayer in hock to bail out banks who found themselves in a precarious position due reckless lending practices.
  • Proposing a scheme to prop up wealthy builders/developers who, thanks to their myopic greed, are left with with projects they can't finish and units they can't sell
  • Having presided over the greatest economic boom the country has known, failed to set aside any funds for when the inevitable downturn finally came.
... is all in a good day's work.

Why is this number so high?

Exactly how many bankers, builders and members of the Cowen/Harney/Lenihan/Hannifin/Coughlan families were included in the sample population?

2 comments:

conortje said...

One can only hope they misunderstood the question!

Grandad said...

"Exactly how many bankers, builders and members of the Cowen/Harney/Lenihan/Hannifin/Coughlan families were included in the sample population?

18% of the total.