Saturday 17 February 2018

This time may be different but it will still be dangerous

Stephen Byrne's illustration
Stephen Byrne's illustration
Brendan Keenan

Brendan Keenan

What keeps one sane after 35 years in this game is that, unlike apparently more exciting but ultimately repetitive briefs such as sport or politics, in the field of economics and business, nothing is ever the same.

There is also the harmless amusement to be gained from watching the unshakeable belief of so many that things will turn out the same. Not so harmless for them, mind you, if they invest their money on that belief - or plan their election campaigns.

The coalition, one hears, is determined not to repeat the mistakes of the 1997 campaign. Like the poet Wendy Cope, they will probably make a different one instead.

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