Political brinkmanship is a dangerous game for Coalition
FIRST things first. Whatever games are being played behind the scenes in Government, there won't be a cut in the old-age pension come Budget Day.
Not unless Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore have taken a joint decision to commit political hari kari.
Despite the State's many economic crises over the decades, only one government has cut the pension. Ernest Blythe took a shilling off the rate in 1924. Almost 90 years on, it's still regularly thrown at Fine Gael.