Ireland is to be free at last
Some say nothing ever changes in Irish politics, but that's not true. For instance, there used to be a spring budget and an autumn statement. These days there's an autumn budget and a spring statement. Now that's what I call radical reform.
Admittedly, with the weather being the way it is, it's often hard to tell the difference between the two; but either way, Michael Noonan clearly hopes that the Government's winter of discontent is about to turn into a long hot summer of love with the voters.
Announcing all the good news on the economic front last week, the Finance Minister almost sounded like Harry Enfield's legendary creation, Loadsamoney, with his famous catchphrase: "Look at my wad." It led Sinn Fein to accuse the Government of preparing to "buy" the election by throwing free money at the voters.