Thomas Molloy: Coalition's roadmap really about avoiding a collision with IMF/EU
Published 07/03/2011 | 05:00
THE new Programme for Government uses the excuse of coalition building to scrap many, but not all, of the policies that put the two partners on course for multiple bust-ups with the IMF and EU.
By scrapping Fine Gael's stated opposition to a property tax and Labour's opposition to any form of third-level fees, the new Coalition finds itself adopting something much closer to the policies demanded by the IMF and EU in return for their continuing financial support.
The economic policy is by extension much closer to Fianna Fail's four-year plan than either party will want to admit and represents something of a vindication for that party -- although it will make convincing opposition for Micheal Martin all but impossible.