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Perhaps this illustrates why IM was wrong to tar all irish political parties with the "neo-liberal" brush.  Some may think that that is the way the world works, at a global, macro-economic level, but few want it to work that way.
I think IM may have been right to say "they're neoliberals and they want to have their cake and eat it, too".

Nobody claims that neoliberal economics makes logical sense, or that conservatives do logic.

Keynesianism is intellectually hard, as evidenced by the inability of many trained economists to get it - Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 11th, 2011 at 06:41:22 AM EST
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Insofar as this remark is directed at me personally, I think my views are more accurately expressed in this comment below.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Feb 11th, 2011 at 07:21:52 AM EST
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I am pretty sure that Franks proposal is already at the left margin of Irish political discourse. Over at Cedar lounge revolution they already speculate about a FG one party government.

A question, this proposal would be neutral to business, but wouldn't it ruin local governments or at least their independence?

by IM on Sat Feb 12th, 2011 at 06:04:21 PM EST
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Local Government gets most of its funding from central Government anyway, and arguable spends most of it quite inefficiently on local bureaucracies which tend add little value.  You must remember that even the National Government only covers a population of 4 Million - "Local" in the context of many larger countries - and some County Councils cover populations as small as 30,000.  I do accept there is a risk that the autonomy of local councils could be eroded further by this proposal and would not be averse to some form of "ring-fencing" to safeguard this.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Feb 13th, 2011 at 07:56:00 AM EST
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