Ireland and Spain September 20, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
I was intrigued by this piece here by a Joe Haslam who is an associate professor in business studies in Spain. He’s some sharp words for the Irish government in relation to the Apple tax issue suggesting that the way in which EU states view that particular issue is not positive, and in particular the absurdly swift response by the government to stand foursquare with Apple on it.
He makes another point…
There is no great Boston or Berlin debate in Spain. Rich and poor alike expect high-quality public services in health, education and transport. Many people who have private healthcare through their employer prefer to use the public system. Similarly, many parents I know send their children to public school, dismissing any notion that private is automatically better.
While centre-right politicians here express their admiration for (and even name streets after) Margaret Thatcher, they do not share her antipathy towards the role of the state. Over the last five years the government lead by prime minister Mariano Rajoy has cut education and health spending by €16 billion. At just over 1 per cent of GDP it is not an insignificant figure but he did not dare to cut it by more.
Is that accurate? Is the right constrained to any degree in this way? My reading of the PP was that they – or sections of them, certainly bought into neoliberalism fairly heavily. I’d be interested in the observations of anyone on the ground.
And a comment BTL asks, quite pertinently whether Noonan lost his mind over the issue and in particular linking the 12.5% corporation tax rate to it given that the Apple deal was bespoke?