We’ve disgraced ourselves… again….or not? October 12, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Entertaining, in a way, to see the line of the Budget coverage. According to the Irish Times a ‘compromised government buckles under pressure’ or prudence has been lost.
The destructive political competition that led to the last financial crash, with excessive government spending and demands for additional give-aways by opposition parties, is alive and thriving.
Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath was both critical and supportive. Critical of a lack of advance planning; supportive of the measures his party advocated. Warning of the dangers posed by Sinn Féin and left-wing groups that advocated major tax increases, he defended Fianna Fáil’s support for the minority Government and insisted “the centre has to hold”. The two main parties may not be sharing power, but they are holding hands.
Or, as RTÉ has it:
New politics can now be summed in three words – The Centre Holds.
Here’s Minister Paschal Donohoe at the conclusion of his Budget speech:
“Those of us in the middle ground of politics have a duty to show that cooperation and consensus can work….to show that things won’t just fall apart and the centre can hold.”
So, protecting and shoring up that centre ground, was the overriding political imperative of Budget 2017 and to the extent that there was a little for everyone across the country and sufficient for Fine Gael, their independent ministerial colleagues and Fianna Fáil to ensure it gets over the line, the centre will hold.
And as if in echo of this, noises off stage, the Fiscal Advisory Council is either in shock over possible breaches of EU spending rules…(the IT again)... or… not (RTÉ again).