Joan Burton was challenging FF during the week to allow the opposition access to State financial data if the government wished to seek an agreed 4-year budgetary strategy. She claimed this was normal practice in other countries.
I also remember newly-elected governments in the past claiming that their pre-election promises and policies were rendered impossible because the State finances were far worse than their predecessors had claimed.
This begs the question.
Who, if anyone, audits and verifies the State finances? Does the IMF? The EU? KPMG (God forbid)?
How do we know that the information we are given is correct? Or do we just have to take the word of any government currently in power?
As I stated in the title, this may be a stupid question. Maybe there is a mechanism. I just don't know what it is if it does exist.