Wednesday 21 March 2018

The promises of Spring may be too much to believe in

Brendan Keenan

Brendan Keenan

One was only a week away, and the other almost a year but, let's face it, the next election was behind statements from both the British and Irish governments last week. It is cheering to be able to say that, for once, UK politics were more bizarre than ours. I refer to David Cameron's pledge, if elected, to introduce legislation which would prevent him raising income tax or VAT rates during the next parliament.

Of course, who is to say we might not see something similar here before next spring. Mr Cameron's promise has echoes of the several attempts to get detailed stuff inserted into the Irish constitution, to prevent the Oireachtas doing what the protagonists do not want.

A more precise similarity is with Charlie McCreevy's legislation which prevented government spending the money in his National Pension Reserve Fund.

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