Friday February 28, 2020

Pat Leahy's campaign diary

Auction politics, promises of tax cuts, promises of spending increases . . . plus ça change

14th February, 2016
"It was being practised by the Irish politicians of Tammany Hall long before independence gave us our own political gentry."

The economic crash and the bitter recession that followed it changed many things about Irish politics. But not everything. One of the things that is striking about the platforms of the big parties is how “old politics” most of them are: they are based around the belief that voters will demand giveaways from the government in return for their votes.

The “transactional” nature of the political choices made by Irish voters has long...

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