Sunday 17 December 2017

Brendan Keenan: Hope springs eternal for politicians

Making economic forecasts isn't an exact science but the Portuguese bailout may have a silver lining for us

THERE were signs of spring. That's the weather for you. The economic weather, too, is what the Met Office people call "unstable".

Certainly, there were rays of light for a Government which, despite a huge majority and the delights of office, must be feeling battered as the reality dawns on what it is in for.

Of course, its members must have always known what lay ahead. There was a good deal of dishonesty in their election campaigns. But knowing and experiencing are two different things; no amount of advance rationalisation makes the dentist's drill any less unpleasant.

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