Saturday 16 December 2017

John Drennan: Lead us, St Brendan, on a voyage to the promised land of real cost-cutting

As a radical reformer Brendan Howlin could be the real Finance Minister and de facto Labour leader, writes John Drennan

It is not often that a minister appears on RTE's Six One News bearing the severed pay scales of our judicial and senior mandarin classes. Such, however, was the exalted state of Brendan Howlin last Wednesday, our newborn Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform even dared to suggest that it might be no harm if some of RTE's sacred calves might consider dropping their salary scales.

So far, when it comes to measuring the progress of the Government, most attention has been focused on Enda's 'Gallic spats', the hurried retreat from these spats and the '100 day' anniversary.

In fact, the most important evolutionary leap for our bright new Rainbow of Grumpy Old Men (and some token women) occurred when Brendan Howlin's new ministry to tackle public sector reform was finally delivered.

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