Brian Keegan: The Tax Take

Government spending has more to do with referenda than with budget deficits

26th June, 2016
Fine Gael Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Pasacal O Donohue TD, Minister For Finance Michael Noonan TD and Minister Eoghan Murphy TD presenting the Summer Economic Statement Pic: RollingNews.ie

So it looks like the economists have been wrong all along. The amount a government has to spend has little enough to do with the size of the current budget deficit, or bond market yields, or the debt-to-GDP ratio. Instead it has to do with referendums and general elections. While we saw that in spades on Friday with the decision of Britain to leave the EU, we also saw the phenomenon in action earlier in...

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