Thursday September 24, 2020

Pat Leahy: The government's political and economic strategy was a two-part gamble. The first part has worked; now it faces the second

Right from the start, the coalition government's economic and political strategy was a two-part gamble.

7th September, 2014
The government ended the pre-summer period under siege. It now has a growing opportunity to get beyond this if it gets its act together.

Right from the start, the coalition government’s economic and political strategy was a two-part gamble.

In a nutshell, it went like this. If we fix the public finances, the rest of the economy will recover. And if the economy recovers, there will be a political dividend, giving us a good shot at re-election. We would be the first ever Fine Gael-Labour government to ever achieve this.

Their plan was not, of course, entirely...

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