Willie O’Reilly: Thrill is gone as budget pie now a predictable dish

The public seem less engaged in the whole extravaganza these days than before, and there are good reasons for that

15th October, 2021
Willie O’Reilly: Thrill is gone as budget pie now a predictable dish
‘Today, nobody blinks when 50 cent is added to the price of a packet of cigarettes.’ Picture: Getty

The budget is to financial folk what the National Ploughing Championships is to farmers: a mighty week out. And for the media, it’s an event of Busby Berkeley scale, with an entire week of elaborately choreographed production.

There are dedicated radio programmes, weighty print supplements, TV budget specials and what seem like entire terabytes of downloadable presentations from finance houses and legal firms. All our prominent economists are available for comment: everyone wants...

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