Irish Election: Enda’s “Long Term Economic Plan™”

The Irish parliament Dáil Éireann has been dissolved and the election is scheduled for February 26.  Enda Kenny’s centre-right Fine Gael party is running on a familiar platform. Central to it is their Long Term Economic Plan™…

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Fine Gael in coalition with the Labour Party has implemented an austerity programme which saw year-on-year, double-digit real-terms cuts to spending.  If they get re-elected – polls have them clear ahead – it will be on the back of the fastest growing economy in Europe. George Osborne likes to say that those who criticise him for not cutting spending “don’t have to get re-elected”. Enda is about to test the idea that in fact you can cut spending, cut the deficit, keep taxes low and get re-elected…


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