Gilmore’s answers to the Evening Herald prove he is an unfit neophyte. There is now no doubt that Enda is much superior.

Commentary on the Kevin Doyle Interview of Eamonn Gilmore..
Doyle wrote:-
THE man favoured to be the next Taoiseach has promised not to cut social welfare or raise tax rates.
Instead Eamon Gilmore wants to tax the “high fliers” of the Celtic Tiger economy in order to rebuild our shattered economy.
He refuses to accept that ordinary workers will have to pay most of the debt and boldly declares that his party will “not hit middle-income Ireland”.
The statement seems too good to be true, especially when coupled with a later one that: “I think we’re going to have to go through a couple of very difficult years. I don’t think you can pin it on individual things.
“I think there are things that we will have to do both on the tax and the expenditure side that won’t be popular.”

But at the same time he has promised:
• Not to raise the existing tax rates
• Not to introduce a property tax on residential homes
• Not to cut social welfare from €196
• Not to cut child benefit
He is prepared to back water charges provided they are metered and wants to change the system for second-home tax so that you’re not paying the same price for a “chalet as a big mansion”.
Mr Gilmore likes the idea of a carbon tax and wants a third personal tax rate starting at an income of around €100,000.
Other monies, he says, can be raised through eradicating inefficiencies, changing around the capital spending programme and cutting the public sector pay bill.
Despite the heavy pledges, the Galway native, who supports the Dubs when they are doing well, denies being populist rather than realistic in his policies.
“I don’t think that’s true.
“Whoever happens to be in front, whoever is leading in terms of popular support, inevitably competitors will say it’s because of this, or because of that. That comes with the territory.”
He says that Labour never got the credit it deserved for backing the plan to reduce the country’s deficit from 32pc to 3pc by 2014.
Speaking from a bizarrely tidy Leinster House office, he argues that Labour called it right when they opposed the blanket bank guarantee and when they looked to have the banks taken into temporary public ownership.
“At the time that we made the call on the banking guarantee, that was not regarded as a popular call.
Questions for Gilmore
1. How much will he increase taxes on those earning over €100,000 per year?
2. How much will that tax increase bring into the exchequer?
3. How will he cut the public sector pay bill?
4. How many public servants will be made redundant?
5. How much will he cut public sector pay? Will he bin the Croke Park agreement? Is that why he was so quiet about it?
6. How will he avoid raising existing tax rates? (Presumably ignoring the >€100,000 mega super rich including himself!!!)
7.He won’t tax primary residences
8. He will tax water but only when metered! ( When will that happen?) How much will he charge and in what manner?
9.He won’t cut welfare payments below €196 per week – what is the ECB or IMF tell him he has to?
10. He won’t cut child benefit – not even for the over €100,000
11. He is going to eradicate inefficiency in the public sector. – How and where and over what period of time?
12. He is postponing Metro North that Joan Burton has described as a no brainer!
13. He is gloing to change around the public capital programme to save money. How and what will be saved?
This effort of Gilmore’s reminds me of Muhammed Ali to George Foreman in the Rumble in the Jungle “Is that all you got George” – Is that all you got Eamonn?
14. So you agree to a 3% GDP deficit by 2014. In your case Eamonn, this effort will only make the markets convulse with laughter.
15. How is he going to close the gap in public spending?
16. On Tuesday 12 October 2010, Gilmore is quoted in the Evening Herald thus “Mr Gilmore was defiant in his belief that more than €3 billion could be saved in the forthcoming budget by cutting capital spending, reworking the priorities of the National Development Plan and introducing a third tax band for those on salaries over €100,000”. Well Mr Gilmore, spell it out please because I don’t believe you.
16. How much would he have spent temporarily nationalising the banks in September 2008? That would still have locked their bad debts into the state. He should stop bragging about a bad decision.
17. I note Professor Honohan’s comments in Washington on 9th October, “On the absolute bank guarantee, Prof Honohan said that, had the scale of the difficulties at Anglo Irish been known two years ago, other options for it might have, on balance, proved better. He didn’t expand on these alternatives.”