Next Thursday is estimates day, one of the biggest days in the political calendar. The government will publish its abridged Book of Estimates for Public Services - in other words, Brian Cowen will lay out his plans for spending the public's money in 2006.
Along with the forthcoming budget on December 7, it's the biggest job Cowen has ever done, and it will largely decide the coalition's future.
The government, and especially Fianna Fáil, knows that it...
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