The calm before the storm of Budget 2014
The finance minister is caught between the demands of austerity and expectation, writes John Drennan
Sinn Fein may be the Scientologists of Irish politics but at last week's Fine Gael think-in it was as though Fine Gael had robbed their clothes as effectively as Bertie in the good old days.
Not since Enda Kenny's first glorious Ard Fheis has such a display of unity been paraded under the approving eyes of the 'Dear Leader'.
The air of respectable Mormon homogeneity was undoubtedly enhanced by the absence of the Reform Alliance and its aristocrat Whig allies such as the Deasys who remain, nominally, within the fold but are really Wild Geese in exile.