Sober collective analysis necessary for coming hardships

It’s been some time since Mary Harney said the worst day in government was better than the best day in opposition. But there must be moments – however fleeting – when the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste envy the opposition’s freedom to shoot at will while the problems mount.

Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar have been around long enough to realize that your fate depends on how you respond to a crisis.

There is no mitigation. The war in Ukraine has triggered a fuel and energy crisis not seen in decades.

The numbers are alarming. Electricity costs have risen 40.9 percent annually, while natural gas has risen 61 percent. Heating oil has more than doubled by 115 percent. Gasoline is 43.8 percent more expensive and diesel 50.7 percent more expensive. Food inflation rose 6.8 percent.

These increases will have a dramatic impact on how people organize their work and personal lives.

There is no sign of relief in sight. On the same day we heard that inflation rose to 9.1 percent in June – the highest rate in 38 years Irish times Opinion polls show Sinn Féin at 36 percent, Fianna Fáil at 20 percent and Fine Gael at 18 percent. Mary Lou McDonald’s Party has every right to feel satisfied. If you find yourself outside the wheelhouse in a storm, you cannot be blamed for the tossing and banging of the ship of state and all the inconvenience that entails.

Mr Varadkar has announced that the government is working on an inflation crisis lending program for companies.

When Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said that thousands of families were being “abandoned” by the government, the Tánaiste replied: “There is no budget, whether early, late or urgent, that will get us through the inflationary crisis.”

Inflation can only be tamed through coordinated EU action as well as domestic action, Mr Varadkar said.

How the government manages the next six months will determine its longevity. It easily repelled a motion of no confidence this week, but the winter looks disheartening on several fronts.

Resilience is about accepting your new reality. It is our reaction to adversity, not necessarily the adversity itself, that determines the outcome.

Sinn Féin has done an exemplary job of highlighting where government has lagged behind on housing and health.

What we need in the coming months is a sober and realistic collective analysis of how best to allocate our resources to ensure those who need it most are best cared for.

The Chinese have a saying: “The gem cannot be polished without friction, and man cannot be perfected without trials.” But there must be a government obligation to ensure that only the most necessary economic pains are borne.

Despite difficulties in the past, we have had no choice but to develop strengths through setbacks and have moved on. Closing the book on inflation isn’t an option for the foreseeable future, but we can at least plan for the next chapter. Sober collective analysis necessary for coming hardships

Fry Electronics Team

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