George Lee

Slí Eile14/02/2010

Slí Eile: In the spirit of playing the ball and not the man...there may be more to George Lee than George Lee. Recent media reports suggest...well...a possibly different approach or emphasis on economic policy and that may explain in part his sudden departure from Fine Gael and political life. If we are to believe the newspapers George was, compared to FG colleagues, less enthusiastic about deflation and more supportive of fiscal stimulus as well as measures to protect the unemployed as well as conserve universal child benefit (a forensic search on the Oireachtas website might be instructive in this regard). Or shall we say deflation with a human face. I wonder if George would have been more at home in mainstream European social democracy? Certainly not in mainstream current-day Irish political economy. I specifically recall him worrying about the scale of deflationary impact in last year's April budget (when he was still a journalist)

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