I usually steer away from writing about politics and economics because some things are better left to people in the know and I don’t have enough background knowledge to make valid points. That said – once in a blue moon – those people in the know publish something extraordinary, that needs the attention it deserves.
So without further ado, let me guide you towards David McWilliams latest publication, entitled “If I was Taoiseach… what I would do to save Ireland“.
David McWilliams is, in my opinion, one of the brightest, most foreseeing and intelligent economists in Ireland. He was one of the first to recognize and warn about the trouble that lay ahead back in 2007. (I think it was 2007). His post here sums up what went wrong in Ireland and provides some outstanding solutions that might work. I’m afraid his message might be falling on deaf ears but I certainly recommend a proper read.
I fully agree with Step 9 – including Irish citizens abroad for voting rights. Me, carrying the Belgian identity, but an Irish citizen, still have voting duty in the homeland. (Required so by law even, with a potential fine or prison sentence for not voting!). If such measures were pushed through – I do believe that Irish abroad might feel more included and therefore more likely to return at some point.
I’m not in a position to comment on any of his suggested economic changes – by lack of knowledge on the subject. But, they do seem to make sense to me. Hopefully, the powers in charge, value David McWilliams in the same way I do, and are willing to take some of his suggestions on board. If not – if he were to start a political party before the March elections, he would get my vote.