Thursday 19 October 2017

Enda: Here's what you need to do to win the next election

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Finance Minister Michael Noonan: their ‘Spring Statement’ won’t win them the Election
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Finance Minister Michael Noonan: their ‘Spring Statement’ won’t win them the Election
Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

The 'Spring Statement' was a classic example of abject political non-communication. It failed to set the context or parameters for the next election campaign. We're on the countdown to the hustings and the chosen battleground for the next Dáil and government. This set piece confirmed that governments govern in prose, but do election campaigns in poetry.

Turgid, macroeconomic and fiscal plans could have been issued by the departmental technocrats, EU commission bureaucrats or ECB Eurocrats as a Stability Pact Programme update.

Contrast Barack Obama campaigning to his pontificating as president. The former was full of hope and conviction, the latter is lacklustre, boring, ineffective and soulless.

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