Friday 18 August 2017

Does this deal really depart from old ways?

Party leaders Micheal Martin and Enda Kenny Photo: Barbara Lindberg
Party leaders Micheal Martin and Enda Kenny Photo: Barbara Lindberg
Editorial

Editorial

The notion that politics is a battle of competing interests masquerading as a contest of principles is very much in evidence in the plan hatched between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to put a government together.

There has been much talk of 'new politics', but for something to be new, the old must first be cast aside - and the agreement bears the paw-marks of much good old- fashioned pandering to cheap populism. But at what price?

Both parties have softened the harder edges of previous commitments: thus Fine Gael will not abolish the USC entirely, while the details on what precisely will be done on Irish Water are as murky as ever.

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