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Pat Leahy: With the troika gone, the government has begun to drift into old, familiar political ways, with rows at cabinet, timorousness and election jitters. Old politics is reasserting itself.

9th February, 2014
Spending pressures are springing up like mushrooms across government.

One of the first things the coalition government did when it took office almost three years ago was to suck up to the troika. The two parties had already made their biggest decision - to stick with the troika programme - and senior figures believed that if the government was to have any chance of success in renegotiating the bailout agreement, they had to establish as good a level of trust as possible.

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