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Brendan Keenan: Curse of net spending thwarts hope of clear Budget strategy

Flip-flopping on cutbacks creates the impression that the Coalition is simply winging it and incapable -- or scared -- of doing any joined-up thinking

Published 11/12/2011 | 05:00

IF one looks very hard, it may just be possible to see a strategy struggling to emerge from the 2012 Budget.

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On the other hand, it may be just the natural human instinct to detect patterns in chaos, like seeing trees in inkblots and faces in tree trunks.

It does not help that government ministers do not present their decisions as part of any joined-up strategy, except for the very basic one of keeping deficits to the targets agreed in the troika bailout.

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