Aidan Regan: If we want a society like our northern European friends, we need similar taxes

The programme for government’s main challenge will be implementation – and making sure its important strategic missions are met

21st June, 2020
Aidan Regan: If we want a society like our northern European friends, we need similar taxes
Mission-oriented approaches to public policy have been championed by Mariana Mazzucato, the London-based economist

The competitive nature of elections means that governments are not good at long-term planning. Even five-year policy strategies, built into programmes for government, often quickly fall by the wayside. The future is indeterminate and uncertain. Politicians react to voter concerns, which change regularly, and are heavily influenced by the media and news cycle.

The mission-oriented approach built into the proposed programme for government is admirable though. It attempts to outline a long-run strategy for the...

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