Christmas can’t come too soon for the government
The signs are everywhere that the wheels are about to come fully off this administration
In his celebrated 1991 Budget speech, Michael Noonan famously compared the then cabinet of Charles Haughey to a group of “cartoon figures trying to start an old banger of a car which is up on blocks, backfiring, belching smoke”.
The Finance Minister Albert Reynolds was under the bonnet “fine-tuning it with a hammer”, while the Taoiseach was in the driving seat, “revving away, shouting instructions in all directions”.
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