Next Budget Day is the beginning of something very different as TDs take on a bigger role from civil servants
We have long been told it is 'good to talk'. That hackneyed old slogan came to mind as the Committee on Budgetary Oversight yesterday began its examination of Budget 2017.
The year has turned: we're listening to advertisements for Listowel Races, the hurling is finished, the football almost done, and the sports coverage is facing into rugby and soccer.
Soon we will have the political charade we call 'Budget Day' in October. My memories of this piece of political theatre were all about: What about the fags? What about the pint? What about the petrol? Anything decent on social welfare?
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