Stephen Kinsella: “Carbon tax is a sticking plaster. We need to change our system of production“
Depending on who you talk to, the government’s move to increase Carbon Tax was either too much too soon or too little too late. Either way, the tax needs to be a stepping stone to a different Ireland. And that involves changes our systems of production.
17th Oct, 2019 - 5 min read
We need to talk about reform: When Stephen Kinsella meets Robert Watt
Ireland talks endlessly about taxation and expenditure, but few people talk about the mechanics of reform. This is what I wanted to discuss with one of the country’s top civil servants, 48 hours after Budget day.
11th Oct, 2019 - 33 min read
Stephen Kinsella: “Is this Brexit Budget enough?“
Budget 2020 was both weird and strange. A tentpole policy you don’t want to see used. A recognition of the fiscal prodigal that is Health. A suite of inherently prudent measures, and a raft of other small things that might not get used at all. But it was also the budget we needed.
9th Oct, 2019 - 6 min read
“I wouldn’t start from here, if I were you: reforming our budget institutions.“
The annual budget process is a recipe for overspending and myopic decision-making. However, for the first time in fifteen years, we can actually think about a world with a better set of budgetary institutions.