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
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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Nadine O’Regan: The Gates announce divorce and we’re utterly gobsmacked
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Nadine O’Regan: How we learned to languish
The pandemic has exposed the myth we’ve been telling ourselves for years – that we would all be superhuman if it wasn’t for our incredibly busy lives. Instead, a tendency towards languishing is the dominant condition of 2021