Monday 25 September 2017

'Squeezed middle' are true heroes of recovery

Michael Noonan: 'Boom and bust policies have wrecked the economy three times in my political life and we won't do it again'
Michael Noonan: 'Boom and bust policies have wrecked the economy three times in my political life and we won't do it again'
Editorial

Editorial

If the first swallow signals the start of summer, and a golden tint in the trees marks the onset of autumn, then a windfall of billions in tax is as reliable a bellwether of an election as we are likely to get. By any measure, the pace of the recovery has been remarkable, a fact which the Government's modesty has not prevented it from pointing out.

To the Coalition's merit, it did play a serious supporting role in salvaging a written-off economy.

But it is the labours of the "squeezed middle", and all those who felt the full brunt of the crash yet stayed the course while austerity took a bitter toll on their quality of life, who deserve the biggest bouquets.

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