Sunday 20 August 2017

Lise Hand: Howlin Wolf goes out with a whimper, not with a Big Bang

The minister's day

Students walk past graffiti on the side of a building in Dublin yesterday afternoon
Students walk past graffiti on the side of a building in Dublin yesterday afternoon

WAIT a minute -- wasn't this supposed to be Brendan's Big Bad Budget?

Hadn't every cash-strapped citizen the length and breadth of the country been in mortal terror over the new bogeyman in town, Howlin Wolf, baying outside the door, poised to huff and puff all sorts of savage cuts and blow our fragile households down?

Well, anybody who tuned into the debut Budget speech of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform yesterday afternoon expecting to see buckets of blood flowing across the floor of the Dail chamber may have felt a mite confused.

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