Saying “I told you so” is a rather unpleasant trait in a person, but there are times when it cannot be avoided. Last week, on these pages, I wrote that:


 the Government can live with electricity blackouts if they only affect the hapless citizenry. Such blackouts can be blamed on other factors: Maintenance. The need to invest in the network. People not using energy efficiently. All of those things are ripe for patient lectures on Prime Time from our political class: They would happily, and delightfully, gaslight you into believing that poor supply, and higher prices, were actually your fault, and not theirs.

On cue, here is Minister Ryan, speaking this week:

“It’s a very tight situation for the next two, three, four years, while we build up some battery and gas-fired back-up systems,” the minister said.

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