Wednesday 24 January 2018

Johnny Fallon: Scary, brutal, pro-business Budget? Maybe, but this government is here to stay

Finance Minister Michael Noonan. Photo: Tom Burke
Finance Minister Michael Noonan. Photo: Tom Burke

THE government's honeymoon is certainly over. As the country braces itself for a very tough budget so too do some harsh realities begin to dawn. We know now that we were sold a lemon in the general election. By now we should be all too wary of politicians bearing gifts, but instead we let them in once again..

The old line that our current cabinet did not realise the depth of the problems is absolute nonsense. They were briefed time and time again, they told us Fianna Fail and the Greens were talking up the economy and trying to make out it was better than it was, yet they then chose to make promises far in excess of what the outgoing government was putting on the table.

There would be no imposition of college fees, no downgrading of hospital facilities, a fairer approach to cuts, an abolition of the 50 cent prescription charge, they were totally opposed to the changes to the medical card scheme, Metro north and other major capital projects were safe, to list just a few. Of course they knew much of this was unachievable, the aim was to ensure that with the Green Party and Fianna Fail wiped out there would be no opposition except for the hard left and then the new government would be free to do as it wished.

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