Monday 11 December 2017

John Drennan: 'Stealth' budgets, just like stealth bombs, can blow up in your face

The Coalition's silence on the upcoming cuts reveals a fearful, Cowen-style attitude

John Drennan

John Drennan

We have known for months that a ghostly spectre was sailing on our icy fiscal seas. Yet the Budget's contents remained invisible to those who do not sit at the hallowed tables of the Economic Management Council.

Even last week, up to Friday, the only glimpse of Michael and Brendan's dance of the thousand cuts we saw was one brief flash when the property tax veil fell off, before the doors were shut again.

So why is it that, unlike last year where the political skyline was so littered with pre-budgetary kites it resembled the crane-laden sky of boom-town Dublin, on this occasion we experienced the fiscal equivalent of the silence of the lambs?

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