Bruton is wrong to believe that we can put up with 10 more years of niggling, nasty cuts
John Bruton is a clever man, but it is not difficult to see why his political career ended miserably; he is unable to fill people with hope. That inability cost Mr Bruton an election when he was Taoiseach despite the advent of the Celtic Tiger and a peace process just beginning to take shape.
It was on display again yesterday when he warned that we face another 10 to 15 years of austerity and seemed to suggest that the cuts we have endured so far was just a mild warm-up exercise for the main event.
At one level, the former Fine Gael leader is right. At another level, he is completely wrong.