He came both to listen and to speak, and that’s exactly what Fine Gael’s Enterprise Spokesperson Richard Bruton did at last Friday morning’s Waterford Chamber Business Breakfast at Dooley’s Hotel.
Quoting Albert Einstein, Deputy Bruton told Chamber members: “You can’t solve problems by using the same sort of thinking we used when we created them, and I think it’s an important message for Ireland because we do know what brought about the problems that were created, and we have to break away from that past and create a new future.”
Re-emphasising a point he has made in recent interviews, Deputy Bruton said that the task of public policy should be focused on “fixing people’s lives” as opposed to the current fixation on the banks.
He added: “But if you see shoring up a failed past rather than creating a new future as the main purpose of political endeavour at the moment, then you are selling the country short. And what’s happening now is very much about shoring up a failed past.”
Deputy Bruton said that the ongoing bail-out of the banks was being implemented by Government at the expense of businesses which need financial assistance in order to remain afloat.
“New and existing businesses are being starved because of these policies, due to a prioritising of the past as opposed to investing in the future,” he said.
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