Brendan Keenan: We need a coherent fiscal strategy before it's too late
Politics is the art of the possible. That old cliche was never more apt, as the Government and other authorities struggle with what is possible in practical terms and what is possible politically.
The general sense these days often seems to be that it is all impossible. In which case, of course, the art of the possible is of no use. But the general sense does not actually make much sense.
Various things are possible, and several things have not yet been tried. The politically possible has hardly been tried at all. In this alarming juncture, senior government ministers have largely decided to leave the heavy lifting to the two Brians -- only one of whom has seemed up to the job.