Wednesday 17 January 2018

A good job

The latest government plan for the economy was, I think, a reasonable effort. The Taoiseach was honest when he said the Government cannot create jobs.

Rather, it can create the environment for jobs to be created.

If the plan had a fault it was that it was strong on aspiration but was weak on strategy. There is plenty of talk from government ministers about interviewing the unemployed and trying to get them back to some kind of job. There is also much talk about simplifying bureaucracy for small firms to make it easy for them to create jobs. Why do we find it so difficult to come up with strategies to do this? Why do we have to make it look as if there are no templates that we can copy from other countries rather than trying to reinvent the wheel?

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