L'Chaim said:And now Enda concedes that all his election promises cannot be delivered before the next election (2012). So much for his 'contract with the people', where he pledged that he wouldn't stand as taoiseach if he failed to deliver on his promises. Someone must have explained to him that his promises were unrealistic and he's now looking for a get out clause.
What confuses me is the ambiguity in some of the policies. For example, and reading the independent today, som interesting questions came up, for example:-
1) Free GP visits for all children under 5 ? Apparantly, according to the indo, this is not deleiverable, or if you look at the small print, is not quite what it looks to be. FG are proposing to phase it in, but long story short, the gist was that no child alive today will be elegiable for free gp visits based on how fg have budgeted for this, and how they plan to phase it in.
2) Free Health insurance for under 16's. Basically, why ?, One one hand we have the opposition lambasting the current government over its plans to privatise the health service, and then they turn around and say they will provide every child under 16 with health insurance ? How is this proposed, and how does this make sense ? What problem are they actually trying to solve with this proposal and how is this going to solve it ?
This one in particular reminds me of the infamous fg pledge from the last election that they woudl pay 1000 euros towards first time car insurers.
I may have the wrong impresssion of these two items above, so feel free to calrify, but would be interested in getting some response in any form (except the all too common attacks without real answers).