Governments seem incapable of managing big sudden increases in spending,going by the experience of most countries,including Ireland in the Celtic Tiger.The latest evidence for this is in the UK where government spending rocketed 60% under Labour At last, it’s official: spending more doesn’t make public services better - Telegraph
Consulting accountancy firm Deloitte's analysis of spending on UK schools showed no connection between spending and school results.No doubt the key to good results is the leadership of head teachers. In Ireland's case,that leadership is severely constrained by the jobs for life culture that prevents removal of underperforming and inept head teachers.
The UK's NHS still receives bad media publicity despite massive increases in budgets and doctors' pay. Apparently,the government forgot to incentivise doctors to work weekends and take pressure off chronically overcrowded A&Es. In Ireland,the government is only belatedly recognising the obvious need for doctors to work weekends.
The state benefits system in the UK is making work unattractive and "inflicting actual harm on communities,incentivising family breakdown and paving a road to dependency rather than work." Respected Labour TD Frank Field has a similar opinion,observing the growth of a feckless underclass culture in his constituency. This despite the fact that tax credits substantially top up low UK wages. In Ireland,the Troika has pressured the government to actively encourage people to seek work,presumably pointing to the success other countries such as the US and Germany have had in this regard. At least,the government should stop lowering the bar in disability claims in order to reduce politically embarrassing unemployment figures. As large numbers of people in Ireland remain unemployed for years,the feckless underclass culture will spread.Taking a job paying €15 an hour means a drop in the standard of living of many families.
Given the government spending explosion in Celtic Tiger Ireland,it ought to be easy to make broad cuts but instead,cuts were mostly made in government capital spending projects done by private sector companies. The civil service and the public sector unions and professional associations avoided both serious cuts in bloated pay and pensions for the top half of the workforce and selective compulsory redundancies that would enable managers to hold on to key employees.