Wednesday 7 December 2016

Election campaign harmful to long-term policy strategy

Published 25/02/2016 | 02:30

'Good luck: sorry to leave it in such a mess," was the marvellous comment of departing British Chancellor of the Exchequer Reginald Maudling to his successor, Labour's Jim Callaghan, after the Conservative defeat of 1964.

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No such problem for the next Irish government, or so we are told. Indeed, whatever the outcome of tomorrow's vote, Fine Gael and Labour will think that their role was once again to clean up Fianna Fáil's awful mess.

They had hoped that this time they would get their just reward, and will continue so to hope until the boxes are opened. Truth is, whoever succeeds, it may not be quite the glittering prize that the election campaigns would have led one to believe.

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