VAT’S just typ­i­cal of Fine Gael

Irish Daily Mirror - - STATESIDE - LORD Henry

THE Bud­get had one as­pect to it which re­ally pissed me off. The rise of 4.5% in VAT for the hospi­tal­ity sec­tor. We have a restau­rant in the cas­tle so I do know what I’m talk­ing about – which is more than I can say about ei­ther the Taoiseach or Fi­nance Min­is­ter.

The restau­rant trade is highly price sen­si­tive and the mar­gins are thin. To in­tro­duce such a blunt in­stru­ment with so much un­cer­tainty sur­round­ing Brexit is just plain stupid.

Paschal Dono­hoe trots out the lame ex­cuse that the 9% rate was a tem­po­rary mea­sure but look at the re­sults.

The sec­tor is now thriv­ing so the an­swer to this busi­ness-hos­tile Govern­ment is put that in jeop­ardy.

I will leave the last words to Road Hauliers pres­i­dent Verona Mur­phy who called this ad­min­is­tra­tion an “id­ioc­racy”.

And what of the most glar­ing and ap­palling omis­sion from the Bud­get – not even a stab at a car­bon tax. The Govern­ment is cur­rently

Mr Dono­hoe putting a great deal of ef­fort be­hind try­ing to se­cure a seat on the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil and yet they are dis­play­ing a woe­ful dis­re­gard for the great­est threat to mankind.

They have to look no fur­ther than one of our most dis­tin­guished for­mer pres­i­dents Mary Robin­son, who in Septem­ber pub­lished a book aptly called Cli­mate Jus­tice.

Her in­ter­est in the sub­ject was in­spired by hold­ing her first grand­child in her arms in 2003. A sen­ti­ment I share.

In essence there is noth­ing wrong with de­vot­ing ad­di­tional funds to hous­ing and health. How­ever, I get a sink­ing feel­ing when I see dan­gers in mak­ing the same mis­take of sim­ply throw­ing money at the prob­lem.

Un­for­tu­nately I have had to en­gage di­rectly with the Health Ser­vice and I have noth­ing but high praise for the front line staff. Yet at the same time I have lis­tened care­fully to what I have been told. It is not just a ques­tion of hard cash. Man­age­ment must be re­formed.

missed Chance

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