Ireland’s hung Dail and failure to negotiate a working government reveals our politicians as hopeless ditherers. It’s all the more revealing since they are all still claiming expenses from the public purse, along with generous salaries. Meanwhile the civil service, whose staff also draw wage frozen generous salaries from the public purse, continues to roll out employment “initiatives”, like a machine running on automatic, that essentially have the effect of criminalising jobseekers and other welfare claimants for…. well, for claiming a meagre stipend from the public purse. It seems everyone’s drawing from the public purse, but only the very poorest are accountable. There is no haranguing, threatening body harrassing the politicians to do a bit of work for a change, the very group that so obviously need a kick up the arse.