Simple ways to reform taxes

I am sure Brian Cowen, or indeed Charlie McCreevy, would not thank me for saying it, but being Minister for Finance in Ireland over the past decade has been one of the easiest jobs in the world.

2nd December, 2006

I am sure Brian Cowen, or indeed Charlie McCreevy, would not thank me for saying it, but being Minister for Finance in Ireland over the past decade has been one of the easiest jobs in the world. I mean that in the following sense.

Most finance ministers in Europe have great difficulty in making prospective tax receipts and expenditure demands add up in away that allows them to duck underneath the deficit ceilings imposed on...

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