The Irish Times has a draft of the programme for government.
It is unfortunately familiar. A detailed list of outcomes, many of which the government has no control like number of jobs created. Governments should focus on what they control and are able to deliver (which is a lot less than everyone, including themselves, thinks). This would ideally include tangible objectives that can be easily benchmarked and with concrete intermediate targets.
Instead, we get stuff like “Spend €6.75bn more on public services.”
-What are public services? Clearly education but does it include pensions?
-Is an increase in spending equal an improvement in outputs? Not if it goes straight into wage increases
-Is it in real or nominal terms?
-What if the economy tanks? What if the economy overperforms?
These things can make you look very foolish, very quickly. A lot of the policy malaise of 2008 and 2009 was the very slow realisation of the political system that its promised were no longer affordable.