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In the real world of recession, no good will come from raising tax

On Monday it came from the European Commission, on Tuesday from none other than the Department of Finance itself, on Wednesday from George Lee and on Thursday and Friday, from Michael O'Leary and the CSO, respectively.

Every day last week the Government got more reasons to abandon its policy of using misguided forecasts and of increasing taxes and public spending. As Monday's EU Commission forecasts and Tuesday's exchequer figures showed, government forecasts remain beyond an acceptable boundary of error. On Wednesday the public reaction to George Lee showed just how much the public has lost faith in the Government. Not that George or Fine Gael can offer anything better, but more on that anon. And on Thursday a more long standing foe of government, Michael O'Leary, explained how travel taxes and government monopolies are destroying the tourist trade.

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