Swarm of killer 'Bs' may prove fatal for Cowen
TAOISEACH Brian Cowen may be getting fed up with the predictions of the demise of his battle-hardened Government. But he has a swarm of killer 'Bs' to contend with in the months ahead -- and if he is stung too often, it may prove fatal for his Coalition.
The 'Bs' are the Budget, the Bond markets, the Backbenchers, the By-elections, a Biblical-style plague, Brian Lenihan, the Banks and the Banking Inquiry.
The Budget is fast approaching and the task of achieving €3bn in cutbacks and tax increases is getting even more difficult. It is not comforting to see that the only other eurozone country that did not report economic growth in the second quarter of this year was Greece.