Wednesday 17 January 2018

James Downey: Labour's wish lists are a complete waste of time

FROM time to time, people ask me why I don't attack the Dail opposition, especially the Labour Party. I always answer that they are not in office and are therefore not responsible for the blunders and mistaken policies that have brought us to the brink of ruin.

Labour have a different answer. They say that they have published 45 policy documents. In fact, that understates their output. If you look it up, going back to 1999, you will find that they have produced no fewer than 143 documents, ranging from the overwhelmingly important -- such as economic recovery and education -- to subjects such as youth and (Heaven help us) tourism.

None of these worthy efforts was worth the time and energy that went into them. A wise military maxim holds that no battle plan survives the first contact with the enemy. It's the same with governments.

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