Too many promises, no voice of reason

Too many promises, no voice of reason

Conservative debate could have prevented a pre-crash budget that encourages borrowing when we can ill afford it

The absence of an economically conservative party has created an unwelcome vacuum in Irish politics, one which meant an absence of intellectual and philosophical debate about last Tuesday’s budget.

Our new politics seems to be mainly about naked clientelism and populist emoting. Everyone is trying to outdo each other in promising money to specific constituencies while presenting a human, caring face. The loudest after the budget were those who complained the government had not...

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