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Can one little country bring down an entire continent?

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The use of hyperbole as a figure of speech hangs on deliberate exaggeration for a desired effect. If the statement is objectively true, there is no hyperbole. You could say:  “Today’s ROI budget will be the harshest on record removing €6bn from the country’s national deficit while cutting pay for public sector workers, reducing social welfare for the first time since 1924, increasing taxes across the board and slashing capital spend”, without any sense of exaggeration or irony. This is not hyperbole.

However another might say, “Today’s budget banjaxes the country further, shows that the governments handling of the economic crisis is like its handling of the severe weather conditions – a ‘crisis management committee’… a bit of salt here… a bit of grit there – and potentially will spread a contagion that could plunge Europe into a crisis not seen since the second World war.’ The exaggeration is for dramatic effect. This is hyperbole in action.

Politicians, economists, journalists and social commentators routinely use hyperbole. Each new forecast or set of figures creates a new crisis that further ‘dilutes Ireland’s sovereignty’ or ‘further threatens the peripheral states in Europe’ or even ‘threatens the Euro project itself’!.

Many of us have grown accustomed to such fantastic or hyperbolic claims. Do we believe the hype? Do we know if its hype? Maybe it’s not. Maybe it’s all true! Will this budget plunge Ireland into a Nuclear winter? And maybe Europe into the abyss? Can one little country bring down an entire continent?

See for yourself today on Watch what is going to be the most watched budget in the entire history of budgets…since time began….with us. Who says the world is not going to end?