David McWilliams: Which coalition contenders are most economically compatible?

There is not much between the coalition candidates on policy – until it comes to tax

On all the big issues there’s not much between the parties. They are all pro-EU. Mary Lou McDonald has said a Border poll can wait. And all parties support the 12.5% tax rate. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

On all the big issues there’s not much between the parties. They are all pro-EU. Mary Lou McDonald has said a Border poll can wait. And all parties support the 12.5% tax rate. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

In keeping with the times, let’s quote Vladimir Lenin. The Communist leader, looking back on the October Revolution and seeing it in the context of what had gone before in Russia – from late 19th-century Tsarist reforms to the 1917 Bolshevik takeover – quipped “there are decades when nothing happens and then there are weeks when decades happen”.

Believers in the Leninist world view of big epochal moments might be tempted to conclude that Irish politics has just witnessed one. By this analysis, the previous status quo has been shattered, and a new paradigm is taking shape, whereby old people vote Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil, and young people vote Sinn Féin.

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