Are we prepared to pay taxes for health?
Just when the Government thinks it has a small bit of financial leeway, a hefty additional bill for the health services drops. It calls to mind the old millionaire businessman's summation of "a few hundred million here and a few hundred million there... and suddenly you're talking big money".
The surprise about this really should be that anyone is surprised at all. We have been told for several months now that the Government has some €1.5bn to spare in the Budget next October.
Everyone assumes that this will be used by the Coalition parties to ensure they can win back power in the forthcoming general election. After seven years of doing far more for less, the people are understandably weary and would welcome the encouragement of even modest tax cuts.