The inheritance of the next Gov

civilserpant

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Pat Rabbitte last week was furious, not just at how FF had behaved fover the last week, but also at FF's gradual erosion of the power of the next Government to take a different path. Here's some of the landmines planted - assuming the 6bn budget is passed, for the new FG/Lab Goverment:

A starting deficit of (allegedly) 13bn which could grow if the 6bn in cuts depresses the economy further.

A 4 year plan - not of the new Governments creation.

IMF/EU approval for budgetry strategy and review every quarter. Now in hock to the banks rather than the people for approval.

Croke Park Deal: FF have done everything within their power to avoid breaking the deal at this time in order to ensure FG/Lab will be forced to break it in 2011/12. Many see the CPD as nothing but a mechanism for FF to try regain some public service support from Labour when the deal is inevitably dumped with a cry of 'well, we honoured it, even in our darkest hour...'.

A health service due to be deconstructed and re-built under FG health plans has been promised no mandatory redundancies. FG will have the break that FF promise.

Gov has made no progress on mechanisms to bring in proper water-metering or a fair property tax, leaving us lumped with the current system for the foreseeable future. Do not be surprised if property tax & water metering are in year 2 of the FF 4 year framekwork, and with no background work done by the current Gov, it'll force FG/Lab to introduce a compromised/inequitable system. Watch FF wail about the unfairness of it and how they'd have done it differently.

As numbers of Cops are reduced, watch Dermot Ahern go all zero tolerance (remember that?) about how numbers were at 14,000+ in 2007...

Schools/Education: Watch greens claim they protected education from cutbacks and the re-introduction of fees (probably leaving a €2,200 registration fee tho).

Still nothing done to deal with the inevitable domestic loan crises, which will be far more emotive than the business collapse. FG/Lab to deal with it.

NAMA loses to become heavy in the next 2-3 years - FF will claim it would have been profitable under them.
A banking system that isn't and can't lend, in a total state of chasis and with a ghost estate issue still not dealt with.

Commission on Taxation Report - not dealt with.

Tied into a 3% by 2014 date that every responsible party thinks had to be agreed to, but I doubt any party believes is probable. Realistically, SF on the 2016 date is probably nearer the truth, but both FG and Lab, as the next parties of Government, have to be seen to acceed to the 2014 date so not to spook everyone. We all know that come 2013, that date will be dragged out.

Anything else?

FG/Lab will be handed a broken country with little room for manouevre left after FF drove the country all the way down the cul de sac, and parked the IMF right behind, to ensure we can't reverse back out. The new Government is going to be handcuffed into accepting 90% of the direction FF have pointed us at. A 3 point turn just became a 99 point turn.

I've no doubt Rabbitte, Kenny, Leo, O'Reilly, Noonan, Burton and Gilmore are screaming for the Gov to stop digging us further into the hole that they have to try fix.

Election NOW!!!!! while something is left to be saved.
 
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Hogwash

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So is it any wonder they are not keen on bringing down this government???
Who'd want the job in all honesty? Can't see the sock puppet Kenny being man enough for the job.
 

FakeViking

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They knopw the forthcoming election is lost, they're planning for the one after that.

Traitors.
 

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You could certainly here a tone of resignation in Noonan's voice on RTE. The next govt have basically been crippled efore the vote has even begun. They now have to do all the hard work. They have to deliver the cuts, they have to report to the IMF, they have to try and stave off disaster.

While FF get to fall back and rebuild for 5 years time.

It's all very well and good to say "Well this time is different. This time they'll be gone for good", but history has shown us that this simply isn't the case.
 

civilserpant

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You could certainly here a tone of resignation in Noonan's voice on RTE. The next govt have basically been crippled efore the vote has even begun. .
Absolutely. And the killer is, they can't really say that without being accused of giving up and not being up for the job...
 

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You could certainly here a tone of resignation in Noonan's voice on RTE. The next govt have basically been crippled efore the vote has even begun. They now have to do all the hard work. They have to deliver the cuts, they have to report to the IMF, they have to try and stave off disaster.

While FF get to fall back and rebuild for 5 years time.

It's all very well and good to say "Well this time is different. This time they'll be gone for good", but history has shown us that this simply isn't the case.
I disagree. Zanu FF will be so toxic after this that it will be years before they see the inside of Govt Buildings again.
 

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From RTE just now - Seems we're the pariah of Europe, the errant wastrels whose behaviour had nearly destroyed a continent -

Spain's foreign minister, whose country is considered at risk in Europe's debt crisis, said today that the decision by Ireland to accept a bail-out would stabilise the euro.

Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez welcomed the decision by the European Union to come to the aid of Ireland as 'good news' and said the exact amount of the bail-out would be settled in 'the coming days'.

'The euro will stabilise thanks to the help of all European Union nations,' she said as she arrived for a regular monthly meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels.

For its part, Spain was 'achieving all the objectives' necessary to fix its own fiscal problems, she said when asked whether Madrid could follow Ireland's footsteps an ask for a rescue.

And Portugal, seen as the euro zone economy most at risk after Ireland, has hailed a bailout plan to aid Dublin, saying it 'calms fears, reduces incertitude and boosts market confidence.'

Portugal's Finance Minister Fernando Teixeira dos Santos said in a statement that the package was 'without doubt a positive fact for the stability of the euro zone.'

Dos Santos did not mention the possibility that Portugal might also request external aid to avoid the risk of bankruptcy. On the contrary, he emphasised the differences between his country and Ireland, recalling that Portugal's banking system was 'well regulated and supervised' and 'well capitalised'.

He stressed the government's 'clear and regulated' strategy to put in place 'budgetary consolidation and structural reforms aimed at strengthening its competitiveness and potential growth.
 


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