Promises, promises as election looms into view
Under-promise and over-deliver: it is sage political advice - but we know to our cost that politicians have a tendency to do the opposite. Amid much fanfare, Taoiseach Enda Kenny promised to bridge the unemployment gap by 2018. Impressive as the Government's performance has been in creating jobs, eliminating unemployment within the timespan laid out was, at best, ambitious and, at worst, grandiose and illusory.
Within weeks of an election, Mr Kenny has sought to push this goal further onto the horizon. According to Henry Kissinger, the real distinction is between those who adapt their purposes to reality and those who seek to mould reality in the light of their purposes.
Thus, in order to secure re-election, reasonable expectations and sustainable goals can be jettisoned on the breeze - depending on the prevailing political wind.