Budget 2016 is Politically Clever, Economically and Socially Dumb

October 13, 2015

What do you say to a government that’s just announced a budget straight out of the Fianna Fáil playbook? What do you say to a government that’s giving back nearly €1,800 a year to people earning €175,000, while increasing spending on healthcare by just €18m (that’s one tenth of one percent of the healthcare budget). What do you say to a government that’s just asset stripped our colleges, and isn’t putting in ANY new funding…while cutting the tax base by €750m? Well, I don’t know what you’d say – but here’s what I said in the five minutes afforded me earlier today.