Budget 2015: No big moves, just back to normal
This was a budget that gave a little to everyone and scared no one; it was a budget dominated by taxes and a gradual easing of exchequer spending.
Budget 2015 was billed as the end of austerity. However, in another sense, it was also the return to a normalisation: the normalisation of politics, the normalisation of the exchequer and the normalisation of expectation.
After seven austere years, and €30 billion in economic adjustments, the government was finally able to remove the scalpel from the national finances.
Everyone got something in this budget. And yet, at the same time, everyone wanted a little bit more....
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