Fine Gael have released their budget proposals (though presumably not in time for the government to adopt many of them). The detailed financial breakdown of the proposals is at the bottom of the press release. There are a lot of proposals in here and they are, inevitably, a bit of mixed bag. For now, I will merely brandish a yellow card for unsportsmanlike behaviour at the idea that we can “save” €500 million in infrastructure spending by funneling it through an off-balance sheet vehicle.
It is now confirmed that George Lee (the RTE economics editor) will stand for Fine Gael in the Dublin South by-election. I am interested in the readership’s views on the extent to which skills in (a) economics; and (b) broadcast journalism may be helpful in parliamentary politics and/or the shaping of economic policies.