Responding to comments made by the Taoiseach at the World Economic Forum in Davos today, Fianna Fáil Frontbench Deputy Niall Collins commented, “Every day, the Government finds new ways to blame others for the decisions they are making.
“Anyone who heard the Taoiseach blaming ordinary people for ‘going mad’ and borrowing too much will recall from the 2007 general election, that is was the Fine Gael Leader himself who promised the biggest tax and spending giveaway.
“Can anyone remember Enda Kenny telling people they were mad and to stop borrowing when times were good? It is easy to be wise in hindsight. What the Government should be doing is finding ways to help people, not blaming them.
“There is also a stark contrast between the Taoiseach’s comments today and those in his address to the nation just last month, when he told the public that ‘it’s not your fault’ for the crisis. The Taoiseach is clearly taking one approach at home and another abroad. While he’s here, the priority is media management and preserving popularity. When he is abroad, the priority appears to be to avoid putting the blame where it belongs. For example, where was the Taoiseach’s harsh criticism of European banks which helped flood Ireland with credit for years? He should be standing up for the Irish people and challenging the role of the banks when he has the chance.
“People are finding it hard enough to make ends meet as it is without being lectured by a Taoiseach who seems set to change his analysis of the crisis according to his audience.”