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This story on rte.ie previously had the term "disruptive reforms" in its now-changed title. The phrase has been retained in the first sentence, in quotes, but the meaning was not explained and it was not repeated in the article. There wasn't much in the article that could refer to this phrase either.
My ears prícked up when I heard the phrase, because I wrote a book about this. My understanding of the phrase "disruptive reforms" is very specific. It refers to reforms that remove the competitive advantage of incumbents and allow new market entrants a chance to compete, or to motivating existing businesses to be more competitive or better-behaved. It is a polite way of saying kicking the asses of vested interests. The café-bar idea from the mad Mullah (shot down by the mad Gombeen) would be a classic example, but there are thousands of other ideas that would cost the state nothing and dramatically improve performance.
One I suggested referred to requiring the display of a web address and smartphone code wherever the state has to inspect something, allowing the public to submit information. Then, say, health inspectors could use this information to make more targeted inspections of restaurants.
Of course there are many people who would not welcome this - health inspectors and dirty restaurants - but the whole of society would benefit; less hassle for well-run restaurants, fewer puking customers, lower cost of enforcement.
If the government has been converted to the benefits of standing up to vested interests, this is a big step forward. Am I hoping too much? Or did some functionary just happen across the phrase and stick it in because it sounded good?