Slowly but surely the Troika is beginning to realise that the Irish political/administrative system operates in a parallel universe when it comes to honesty, efficiency and accountability (Irish Independent).
Brendan Keenan lists the following failures. (Failure, by the way, is one area where Irish politicians/administrators are leaders in the world).
Failed to sell off Permanent TSB.
Failed to take on the professions.
Failed to reduce the bill for public sector pay and pensions.
Failed to introduce a property tax.
Missed the deadline for personal insolvency legislation.
Accepted we won’t reach the deadline for the introduction of water charges.
Ignored repeated Troika warnings about protecting the elderly from cuts and placing an unfair burden on children.
Now the reason for all this failure is simple, the corrupt Irish political system is concentrating all its energies and all the people’s resources in protecting its privileged position.
Keenan goes on:
The Troika itself is getting antsy about the failure to meet almost any deadline that does not have a number attached to it and has repeatedly told the Government in private that more needs to be done to meet those targets to modernise the economy and break the power of the many vested interest groups that brought Ireland to the brink.
The Troika is getting antsy because the corrupt system that destroyed the country is still in power and still looking after the many vested groups at the expense of ordinary citizens.
Sooner rather than later I believe the Troika will realise just how rotten the system really is and begin to do some serious screw turning.