Lifting the veil of budget secrecy is no bad thing

Lifting the veil of budget secrecy is no bad thing

More scrutiny and transparency are overdue reforms of what was traditionally a sacred process

I am unwavering in my conviction that the public interest is best served by a decisive government, an effective opposition and a robust media. Recent polls in this newspaper and in the Irish Times do not agree with me. After an unprecedented period that saw our political parties fumbling about in a fog, the polls suggest that if there were another general election, the result would be roughly more of the same. Indeed, the height of political ambition right now is that Fianna Fáil would hope to change places with Fine Gael in a similar government arrangement.

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