The 'least worst' government is best we can hope for in new political landscape
Progress is finally being made this week in the formation of a new government. Weeks of posturing, shadow boxing and endless analysis of the Dail numbers might finally come to an end.
But when it comes to economic policy, what sort of government might we end up with? So much of the post-election analysis has been around the make-up of any new government and relatively little has been discussed about its future direction.
The simplistic narrative is that Fine Gael and Labour did some things well but lost touch with the electorate on issues like public services, the housing crisis, and spreading any benefits of recovery around the regions. They generally just fooled themselves into thinking things were going better than they actually were for many people.