Dull and boring are the qualities in a budget most sought after by a government. For government politicians dull and boring translates as safe. No surprises, no white-knuckle ride for the chief whip and no banana skins.
Governments nowadays have informal banana-skin-proofing mechanisms in place to avert budget-day disasters. The memory of then Taoiseach, Garret Fitzgerald, on his knees in the Dáil chamber to the late Jim Kemmy still haunts finance ministers. The banana skin...
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