Friday 24 November 2017

Brendan Keenan: Time is not on our side as bell tolls for Government

A general election would prolong the nation's economic agony, but if there is to be one the quicker it is held the better for all

Brendan Keenan

Brendan Keenan

THE by-elections will be the death knell for the Government, one newspaper said last week. It is hard to disagree. In which case, the sooner the knell is rung, the better.

Not to get the Government out of office -- which is the stuff of political comment and therefore not suitable for this column -- but because a general election will take time and time is dangerously short.

It goes without saying that it will be an election of an unprecedented kind. Developments last week make that even more the case. Next month, the Government is to publish a detailed budgetary programme covering the next four years -- the sort of taxes it will introduce or increase, and where the spending axe will fall.

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