It’s so painfully obvious and yet most governments fail to appreciate that the ONLY way for them to boost their tax take is to…CUT TAXES. The Republic of Ireland has just CUT the VAT rate for the tourism sector to 9%. I believe this is an excellent step forward as it will reduce prices, provide improved value for consumers and thus encourage extra expenditure of disposable income. In turn this will help grow the stagnant domestic economy. VAT is just one of the many iniquitous taxes we are forced to pay although in fairness at least it is on consumption. The Republic should now cut personal taxation, seek to protect low corporate taxation, and reduce welfare costs. This is the simple recipe for economic growth. Oh – and leave the Euro because without that nothing else can be achieved. The high tax economic model so beloved of the Brussels elite will keep Ireland enslaved. Liberty, if it means anything, means telling the EU where to go. However I doubt that the political cast in Dublin have the guts to do anything about it.