We cannot be crucified on a cross of frugality: only growth can save us
The Budget was more horse-trading than strategy -- but we need a concrete jobs plan, writes Willie O'Dea
Published 11/12/2011 | 05:00
The words of Jonathan Swift should have been echoing in our ears last week as we anticipated both the Budget and the latest EU Council meeting: "Expect nothing and you will not be disappointed."
In both cases, the expectations far outweighed the outcomes. In the case of the Noonan/Howlin Budget, we learned that the kite-flying of the previous weeks had been done on ministerial hot air.
On one side we had Social Protection Minister Joan Burton stalking the corridors like a modern-day Maxwell Smart, waiting to pounce on passing journalists to tell them that the Labour Party is stopping Fine Gael doing A, B and C and to make sure to mention that she had led the charge.