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Brendan Keenan: Budget duo may regret not doing more with time still on their side

Published 08/12/2011 | 05:00

IRISH ministers might have cast envious eyes across the water in the days before the Budget, as they watched British Chancellor George Osborne unveil his "autumn statement".

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Assuming, that is, that they had time to lift their eyes at all from the mess of figures and poisonous politics which confronted them. Now that the ridiculous two-day Budget is over, they might want to look again.

The UK autumn statement is more or less what we got on Monday -- the Government's spending plans. But Mr Osborne will not reveal his taxation plans until March. This was the traditional budget day, marking the end of fox-hunting, or the start of salmon-fishing, or something, but the British split it all up several years ago.

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