Stephen Kinsella: The pageant of impossible promises

We’ll see who gets the sweeties, while the other parties tantalise us with what they’d do if they held the swag bag

11th October, 2015
Ministers Brendan Howlin and Michael Noonan at Government Buildings ahead of last year’s budget Picture: Roll

Budget day. It’s like Christmas, but designed by drunken, bitter economists. The ministers will come into the Dáil with their bags of sweeties and, depending on whether the little interest groups have been naughty or nice, the bags will open. And out will pour the sweets. Not as many as the little interest groups would like, but hey, let’s not spoil them. The little interest groups will have to behave, of course, and promise to...

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