In The National Interest
Good evening everybody.
I know that you are all very busy especially considering the very difficult circumstances that we have been under the last two months but I can assure you that the rest of the cabinet and I have yet to exhaust every option we have available to us.
What I can warn you is that the options that we have already tried all of the ‘Safe’ choices that we had. Our options that would have prevented cuts have been exhausted. We have no other choice, pain is coming, it is now up to you where this pain will be felt.
There’s no denying it. We have been living beyond our means. Spending too much while not taking in enough. It is time to tighten our belts and adjust what we expect from our government. Many may not like this. Some may find it unfair. But these changes must be made in the national interest.
We will endeavour to make these adjustments as slight. I ask you. Who will miss a measly three percent from a twenty thousand a year nurse’s salary? Or what damage really will taking twenty euros from the state pension do? Not much I think. You all can spare an extra hour a day for free. Remember that this is in the national interest.
But we want to be fair with this as well. We want you to know that WE are taking the same pain that you are. We have authorised that our one hundred fifty thousand salaries will be slashed by a whole ten percent, there will be no new state cars this year and from now on we will be forced to fly long-haul to conferences in economy class. Yes indeed; we are sharing your pain.
Some of you are saying that there is a better way. But that us just nonsense. We are all in this together. If we don’t agree to this now things will only turn worse. We can’t let that happen.
Written for Trifecta Week Sixty-Five