Wednesday 21 February 2018

Brendan Keenan: Budget duo may regret not doing more with time still on their side

IRISH ministers might have cast envious eyes across the water in the days before the Budget, as they watched British Chancellor George Osborne unveil his "autumn statement".

Assuming, that is, that they had time to lift their eyes at all from the mess of figures and poisonous politics which confronted them. Now that the ridiculous two-day Budget is over, they might want to look again.

The UK autumn statement is more or less what we got on Monday -- the Government's spending plans. But Mr Osborne will not reveal his taxation plans until March. This was the traditional budget day, marking the end of fox-hunting, or the start of salmon-fishing, or something, but the British split it all up several years ago.

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