A round of tax cuts would prove a popular move in the next budget. But it should be avoided at all costs, writes Paul Allen.
Since the economy fell through the floor in 2008, we have survived through economic hardship. Now there appears to be a glimmer of hope and the end is in sight. The tough times we’ve lived through have allowed us to regain credibility around the world.
We have been able to come out of the bailout programme while re-entering the bond markets. At the start of the month Standard & Poor raised Ireland’s credit rating to A- based on the belief that the economy is poised to grow quicker than first thought over the coming two years.
The Public Should Be Politically Proactive, Says Paul Allen PR
Politics is not as easy as it may seem. While smarty-pants radio hosts and every Tom, Dick and Harry on a barstool have a lot to say about how the country should be run, it is not that simple once you are in the driving seat.
People have to get down to business
Merely sounding off in the media does not solve much where the government is involved. To affect genuine change, commitment and patience are vital ingredients, as is knowledge and the determination to stand firm until the end. The government is of the people, by the people, for the people — this is the very foundation of a democratic state. This is why a strong democracy requires people stepping forward to help form and model the government, ensuring it looks after the needs of its people. To stand quietly and only have something to say when things go awry is simply not sufficient. The more individuals, organisations and groups become proactive in influencing the government in a positive way, the more the democracy will improve.