Being strategic with social policy

Being strategic with social policy

By turning our backs on goody bags and focusing on investment, we can aim to address crises identified before budget day

My daughter turned nine recently, and we threw a party. She wanted to give everybody goody bags going home. We told her she would have to choose: if she wanted goody bags, there would be less money to invest in the party. Or in concrete terms: no magician.

She chose the investment approach; we booked the magician. But in Ireland, we normally choose the goody bags.

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