Sunday 22 April 2018

Thomas Molloy: 10 new year resolutions that the Coalition should consider

Picture: @stephenbyrne86
Picture: @stephenbyrne86

TRADITIONALLY, this is the time for new year's resolutions. A time to take stock and a time to make changes. Here are 10 big and small resolutions that the Coalition could make as it approaches its third year in Government – but almost certainly won't.

1. Begin planning for the future again. We need to start thinking about what Ireland will look like in 10 years' time and start taking steps to prepare for life in the 2020s and 2030s. It is disheartening to keep making cuts and sacrifices if there is no picture of what waits for us on the other side. Moses promised the Israelites milk and honey. Enda Kenny should find a 21st-century equivalent.

2. Create a simple narrative about the crisis. The Government cannot decide whether our problems are self-inflicted or are the result of outside forces, such as the European Central Bank, the Germans and various others. Nor can it decide whether we are recovering or will need another bailout. We can hardly blame others for their confusion if we give confusing signals ourselves.

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