Sunday 26 March 2017

Puppets hope wordplay will hide truth that masters pull the strings

The Jobs Budget/Jobs Initiative will not just be revenue neutral but jobs neutral too, writes Jody Corcoran

WHEN is a Jobs Budget not a Jobs Budget? Wh-en it is a Jobs Initiative, of course. And what is the difference? Nothing, other than the Government now wants to play down expectation it had quite cynically built up to get itself elected.

There was more reassuring news on another front last week: consumer sentiment rose sharply in March, after the Government was elected; so sharply, in fact, as to record the third largest monthly rise in the 15-year history of the index.

Confidence is a fragile flower. We have been here before; last August in fact, during the hazy days of summer when consumers hoped that we had indeed turned a corner.

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