Sunday 26 March 2017

Caring Coalition - but still steering towards austerity

The Coalition is targeting the middle ground, but promises remain subject to the economy's strength.

Phil Hogan is still Brussels bound. Photo: Tom Burke
Phil Hogan is still Brussels bound. Photo: Tom Burke
Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

Has the Government lurched to the left now Joan Burton has a hand on the helm? That was among the many questions raised by the change of leadership in the Labour Party. On the basis of the revamped Coalition's 10 pages of priorities unveiled last week, the answer to that question is No.

While most of the attention on Friday was on the personalities in Cabinet, the "Statement of Government Priorities" document published that evening contained the detail, such as it was, on how the reshuffled coalition would be different in its remaining months in office.

The document, if it were to be summarised in a single sentence, points to both parties focusing on winning the centre ground, not being radical in how they achieve that and trying to sound more caring as they do it.

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