The Big Lie Who Profits from Ireland's Austerity?

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Publisher's Synopsis

Ireland's economic collapse hit with bewildering speed and cut deep into many lives. At a time when we most needed leadership, our politicians let us down, telling us we were all to blame for the recession and that we just needed to suffer a little pain to make everything right again. It was a Big Lie.
This book offers an alternative view to the official cover story of austerity. It's about the great majority of us who weren't gambling with our future. It's about what's being done to us, who is doing it and why. It's also about who benefits from this and who gets it in the neck. And what we might do about that.
Gene Kerrigan delves deep into the muddy waters of the boom and crash, the chaos in the banks, the intervention by the troika and the erosion of democracy. He looks at how the Dáil and the media became full of mindless free market cheerleaders, how the country became laden down with unregulated bankers, and how the government acquiesced in imposing a destructive programme of austerity on the Irish people.
Meanwhile, the elites in our society wrap the green flag around themselves, calling for sacrifice and patriotism, while they hold on fiercely to every perk and privilege.
It's time to tell the truth.

Book information

ISBN: 9781848271500
Publisher: Transworld
Imprint: Transworld Ireland
Pub date:
DEWEY: 330.9417083
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xv, 238
Weight: 282g
Height: 164mm
Width: 216mm
Spine width: 19mm