Tuesday 6 December 2016

Coalition politics of 'careful now' may be a winning hand

Spring Statement is the key element of a cunning plan to seduce the still wary, still fearful, Irish voter, says John Drennan

Published 03/05/2015 | 02:30

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan speaking at the Spring Economic Statement at Government Buildings
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan speaking at the Spring Economic Statement at Government Buildings

The most intriguing feature of the coverage of the government's Spring Statement was the criticism of the cautious conservatism of the Coalition stance.

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It was a document that certainly represented the great apotheosis of the Coalition cartel's patented school of 'careful now' governance.

In his script, Mr Noonan set a new record for the use of cautionary terms.

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