Thursday 18 October 2018

A real Republic of Opportunity? We'd have to tax land to the hilt

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with European Commissioner Phil Hogan at the Ploughing Championships in Offaly this week. Photo: Mark Condren
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with European Commissioner Phil Hogan at the Ploughing Championships in Offaly this week. Photo: Mark Condren
David McWilliams

David McWilliams

The budget, only a few weeks away, is the main instrument used by a government to signal what type of economic policy it favours. Using the tax system, the cabinet indicates where it would like the country to go and what sort of society it is trying to establish. The taxes that it decides to levy should reveal a government's true colours and, if it isn't too much to expect, its vision.

This Government's motto is "the Republic of Opportunity".

Supposedly this is our own version of the American Dream. According to this slogan, Ireland is a country where if you get up early in the morning and go out to work, you will be rewarded.

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