I have to say I am impressed by what Eamon Gilmore had to say on Tuesday when he said that Labour would make equal cuts between current and capital spending. I MUCH prefer this than Fine Gael's 3:1 approach.
I was impressed by Richard Bruton's last alternative budget. I thought it was fair.
This December I will be looking at both the Labour and Fine Gael alternative budgets closely but given the different approaches as outlined that they will take I am sure that I will prefer Labour's. I am left wing but I am not going to join Labour as they do not officially aspire to a united Ireland but given how starkly different their approach will be to Fine Gael's for the upcoming budget I will likely vote for them if there is an election next year specially on account of it. The way I see it is that middle income groups can't take much more of a hit in the next few budgets and the lower income groups can barely take any although I agree that welfare will have to come down. Projects like Metro North may create 20,000 or 30,000 jobs but they will only be for the lifetimes of the projects and they cost too much for the situation we are now in.