It is being reported in I think the Tribune this morning that FG are arguing, as a point of differentiation with Labour, that the fiscal adjustment must come in the main from spending cuts rather than tax rises. Whatever anyone's personal view of this debate it is clear from the recent Irish Times poll that FG are onto a winner with this policy. The Times poll found that the balance of public view on this question was 57-17 in favour of spending cuts over tax increases. This finding of the poll was virtually unreported in the media but it is one I latched onto at the time.
Yet the debate across the media is in inverse proportions to the public view with those arguing to tax more and not cut spending dominating in most debates. The most extreme example of this is on Vincent Browne, but RTE also are totally skewed as well where any proposed cut in public spending will find a line of media talking heads stating that this or that cut will mean the end of the world. Why is the Irish media so out of step with the population in this respect? Is it the institutionalised leftism that is so apparant in the Irish media? Or is there another explanation?