We know politicians can do Santa Claus, but we really need Scrooge

Political parties need to get out of fantasy election mode and tackle the hard facts facing this country, writes Cormac Lucey

5th March, 2011

It has sometimes been said that politicians campaign in poetry but govern in prose.

But it is unlikely that the gap between electoral aspiration and governmental reality will ever be as wide as what we are about to experience from our next government.

The main political parties all conducted professionally-managed campaigns.

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