Fewer politicians will not significantly reduce the cost of Northern Ireland's big government.Or at least, it's not the fact that we won't see a Tea Party movement which is particularly sad, more the concept of reducing government interference (and cost) is just now so completely alien to both the political elite and the electorate who vote for them.
But as the cost of our big government is currently borne by English taxpayers and the benefits of it are currently enjoyed by citizens in Northern Ireland, there is no incentive for local politicians to cut there.
That is another key difference with the US where individual states must balance their own books on an annual basis with precious little help from the federal government.
For that reason it's hard to see a Tea Party movement gaining ground here for, unlike the United States, the majority is strongly in favour of big local governmen so long as central government continues to foot the bill.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
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