Sunday 17 December 2017

Gene Kerrigan: Zombie-like arguments on fiscal treaty

I doubt there's a single person left here who believes anything that any politician says, writes Gene Kerrigan

The best thing about Michael Noonan is his voice. The way he keeps it low, the calmness, the absolute certainty it exudes. There are actors who would kill for a voice so convincing.

And last week Michael gave us reason to hope. He said: "On next year's profiles, we're looking at 2.2 per cent of growth in GDP." Well, I punched the air and screamed, Yahoooooo! Which caused the cat to jump off the sofa and run up the stairs.

It's not great, 2.2 per cent of growth next year. But -- hey -- it's fantastic compared with this year's miserable non-growth of 0.7 per cent. Well done, Michael, I murmured. To be honest, I don't know what Michael means by "next year's profiles", but it sounds technical and I'm sure he knows what he's talking about.

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