Higher tax income must be spent wisely

There may be political benefits for Taoiseach Brian Cowen in re-engaging with the social partners. But there are perils, too. Next month’s emergency budget cannot be about mollifying the public sector dominated trade union movement.

28th March, 2009

There may be political benefits for Taoiseach Brian Cowen in re-engaging with the social partners. But there are perils, too. Next month’s emergency budget cannot be about mollifying the public sector dominated trade union movement. A budget directed at keeping the trade unions onside would risk storing up trouble for the economy for years to come, through a mixture of higher taxation and an unreformed public sector.

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