Brendan Keenan: There is good news, but we don't control our fate
Published 05/01/2012 | 05:00
ALWAYS look on the bright side of life, Monty Python sang, and they are doing their best in the Department of Finance.
The Monty Python character, Brian, was in a pretty difficult position at the time. So is the department, as it tries to find ways to meet the onerous terms of the bailout programme, and so is the Government, as it wrestles with the ever more hostile politics the programme will engender.
But they made the most of the fact that December was a better month for the public finances than they had expected. It was about €100m better, but for a curious reason.