Friday 18 August 2017

This fiver a week for everyone in the audience screams 'general election'

The decision to give €5 per week to old age pensioners is admirable but it is questionable what it will achieve. Will it be enough? What is the going rate for a pensioner's vote these days? (Stock picture)
The decision to give €5 per week to old age pensioners is admirable but it is questionable what it will achieve. Will it be enough? What is the going rate for a pensioner's vote these days? (Stock picture)
Richard Curran

Richard Curran

The jam on Budget 2017 has been spread so thinly, it tastes a little bland. This fiver-a-week Budget is about delivering something minuscule for everyone to the point of being nearly meaningless.

This is actually a one-hit Budget rather than part one of three budgets, as flagged by the Government. It is worthy but vague on where it wants to go and what policy achievements it wants to make.

The overriding philosophy is about not over-spending while giving something modest to everyone. Too many cooks have spoiled this broth.

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