Why I'm disappointed that we're facing elections again
Oh dear. The last column I wrote in this paper was a generally upbeat end-of-year summary. While recognising some very significant risks I was convinced that things were inching forward. There have been increased requests for us to research policy issues, the new Programme for Government, the positive non-partisan reaction to the Bengoa report and the forthcoming suite of strategies as examples. Though it is easy to criticise the Executive this felt like a maturing to me and a focus on what really matters to most people. There was policy movement on corporation tax, progress towards a Social Value Act, rate reform and a host of other areas.
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