Backroom: Coalition is resorting to some old and familiar tactics

One of the challenges facing every new government is to create clear differences between it and its predecessor.

14th July, 2012

One of the challenges facing every new government is to create clear differences between it and its predecessor. Last year, the current coalition focused heavily in its first few months on making minor decisions which would show how it was not Fianna Fáil.

Cutting the Taoiseach's, Tánaiste's and ministers' salaries, getting rid of detectives driving ministers and reducing the number of special advisers were all symbolic gestures.

However, as the months...

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