Susan O’Keeffe: ‘Our leaders may already have poverty fatigue, but this Budget will test them like never before’

The old saying that ‘the devil is in the detail’ was never truer than now, and it’s the detail that this Government must begin to feel, not merely know from a rushed read or half a social media headline

We have some clues about what September 27, Budget Day, will deliver thanks to the Summer Economic Statement. Picture: Getty

Every member of Cabinet and their advisors should be brought by minibus to a supermarket in the first week of September. This coincides with the most frantic time in the final Budget arguments and discussion.

Each should have a trolley and the approximate disposable income available to a person on social security payments - after utilities and rent have been cleared.

Create four or five different scenarios for them; numbers of children, care for an ...