'Striptease' on election date is weakening Government cohesion
With the final Budget of this administration three days away, one would expect forensic budgetary and fiscal analysis of the direction the Government should take.
What should the breakdown be between social supports for the vulnerable versus tax breaks for working people? Will the Government heed the warnings of the ESRI not to go wild and risk destabilising the recovery in the hope of winning favour with the electorate? Is the much-heralded USC reduction morally justified when so many people are homeless? But these important questions are being eclipsed by a total obsession on speculating about when the General Election will be held.
The €27bn capital spending programme launched recently hardly got a look in. For the first time in years, the Government has money to redistribute after a long period of fiscal constraints.