Opinion Analysis

Monday 18 December 2017

Decisions should be based on evidence, not blind faith

Crucial policies are being decided by the Government without any prior analysis, writes Stephen Donnelly

THE new Government is spending vast amounts of other people's money blindly. In too many areas, its policy is based more on faith than on evidence.

Everybody knows that we are in an unprecedented crisis. Most accept that some radical, unpleasant decisions need to be made in the coming years. Even if we weren't covering the losses of foreign banks, we would still be spending far, far more money than we are taking in. Fixing this requires cutting spending, protecting jobs and stimulating economic activity. Doing this means that most people in Ireland will have less money for years to come.

Hard choices have to be made. The vulnerable must

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