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We’ve disgraced ourselves… again….or not? October 12, 2016

Posted 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).

Meanwhile, is FF lashing itself a little too tightly to the mast of the government ship?


1. Gewerkschaftler - October 12, 2016

More inflation of the housing price bubble to benefit the middle class, as far as I can see.

That’s always worked stunningly well in the past.

I hope FF gets some stick for rubber-stamping this, but I don’t live in much hope.


2. fergal - October 12, 2016

It really hit me yesterday that this whole ‘new’ politics malarkey is a load of cobblers. I believe we have now reached the zenith of cute hoorism in this country- ff are not in government but get to dictate policy, fg are in government but implement ff ideas in the budget- and they think people buy into this smokescreen?


3. Paddy Healy - October 12, 2016

The most striking thing about the Budget debate and process was the lack of sovereignty of the House in respect of 96% of revenue due to the Fiscal Treaty. Hence the tittle tattle in the media -Fg stepped out, FF stepped in again, Ross stepped out again at Michael “Squireen” Noonans Ball
Principled Republican Speech on Budget by Seamus Healy TD
https://www.facebook.com/seamus.healy/videos/1140537546014720/ Restoration of Water Charges Next Year Assumed
Grossly Unfair Budget illustrates total lack of Irish Sovereignty and consequent neglect of housing, health, education by Quisling Austerity Parties
Rich get 15 Euro per week in tax cuts but no increase in fuel, telephone, electricity allowance


4. Gewerkschaftler - October 12, 2016

Who’s this we, paleface?


WorldbyStorm - October 12, 2016

Purely rhetorical, that ‘we’!


5. irishelectionliterature - October 12, 2016

Love the way FG mentioned FF and The Independents in almost every utterance so that they would also get the responsibility for this budget.
I actually think it may have damaged FF who are trying to play the opposition card for all that its worth. If they support FG for another budget I think the opposition line will be a very hard sell for them.


6. Paddy Healy - October 13, 2016

Minister Noonan: “Tax and USC reductions have been targeted at those on low and middle incomes”
Budget Speech of Seamus HealyTD Below http://wp.me/pKzXa-oM
Those over an annual income of 70,000 Euro are getting 146 million in Tax/USC Relief
The 300,000 over 70,000EU per year are getting at least 40 million more in tax relief than the 324,000 in the 30,000 to 40,000 category (average industrial wage 36,500).
A TD is getting an extra 7 euro per week from Jan 1
A person on average industrial wage(36,500 per year) is getting an extra 3.42 Euro per week
A person on minimum wage (18,720 per year) is getting Tax/USC relief of 2 Euro per week
A rich business person on 200,000 per year is getting 14.5 euro per week from Jan 1
An adult social welfare recipient including pensioners is getting a social welfare increase 5 Euro from March 1 which is equivalent to 4 Euro per week from Jan 1


7. dublinstreams - October 13, 2016

I think the IFAC guy said on morning Ireland that we’d broken the rules but not enough to get fined by the EU…


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