Budget 2014: The longest week: intrigue, infighting and a budget

Scenes from budget week: how the deal was done, who screwed who, what you saw, and what you didn't see, writes Pat Leahy.

20th October, 2013

In a non-election year, budget week is the most important week of the political calendar. It's when the often arcane and frequently ignored processes of politics intrude into the lives of ordinary people, when the decisions made by their elected leaders have a direct, immediate and palpable effect on voters.

It is the only time of the year when people gather around televisions to hear what politicians say. When else do bookies take bets on...

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