Tuesday 23 January 2018

Taoiseach falls short on detail

BRIAN Cowen's current "charm offensive" may have gone some way towards persuading the public that somebody, namely himself, is in charge. But it has provided very little enlightenment, and no indication that the Government's policies match the extent of the domestic and European crisis.

Moreover, in his latest utterances the Taoiseach has failed to give any details of these policies. For example, he refuses to rule out the introduction of a residential property tax or a cut in state pensions.

No doubt he is reluctant to speculate so far in advance of the next Budget. Property tax is a notoriously controversial issue. The mere mention of pension cuts risks provoking the "grey vote", which showed itself to such effect on the medical cards issue.

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