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Two steps forward, one step back

There was no doubt in which direction Minister for Finance Brian Cowen wanted to move his budget speech last Wednesday.

10th December, 2005

There was no doubt in which direction Minister for Finance Brian Cowen wanted to move his budget speech last Wednesday. “This budget embodies the active determination of this government not to rest on Ireland's success, but to push ahead,” he began his conclusion.

Four more times in his final paragraphs he declared that the government was “pushing ahead'‘ - and once that it was “driving forward'‘.

Things were certainly...

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