We know we have to pay – so stop giving half answers to our queries
Published 14/04/2014 | 02:30
Elections are about giving. The clawbacks, the snags, the problems are for later. The examples are too numerous to mention. Enda Kenny's own first election to the Dail, in a by-election in November 1975, was helped by timely payment of Ireland's first-ever EU farm grants. From the other side of the house, in April 2002, the Fianna Fail-Progressive Democrat government paid out big child benefit increases and arrears ahead of a general election on May 17, 2002.
Any experienced politician will tell you that nothing succeeds like a bit of old-fashioned bribery matched by judicious time management of the bad news.
So, should anyone be surprised to read in this newspaper again today that the Fine Gael-Labour Coalition is delaying details of the water charges that will hit us from next autumn onwards?