Friday 23 February 2018

Scrap the public service and start all over again

We need a radical new plan to try to solve our continuing economic woes, writes James Fitzsimons

THE European banking problem and the threat to the euro has not been brought under control. Without a new plan, some of us will be a long time dead before our financial prospects improve. It's time to reappraise the mistakes of the past and to undo the damage that has been done. This will involve seeking compensation from those who have hidden behind a legal system that doesn't serve the wider community. It's time for the Government to look for redress from the property developers.

After its first 100 days in office, it is easier to identify what the Government can't do, rather than what it can. Running a budget deficit this year where we spend €20bn more than we collect in tax is not sustainable. Nobody can justify this. Most expenditure is accounted for by spending on health and education.

Our health system might not be the worst, but too much is spent pandering to the whims of consultants and their governing bodies. They run rings around the public servants who should control this. Maybe the next review body would consider the plight of those whose taxes pay for this.

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