Pain in Spain
• The news that Spain is unveiling a €65bn austerity programme should make Ireland sit up and take notice.
Among the many items in this programme that caught my attention were cuts to civil servants' wages and local government personnel cuts.
Anybody imagine the brave Enda Kenny and his bunch of hardy men doing likewise? Hard to, isn't it? Yet the Spanish prime minister just announced it and it is expected to be implemented over the next two-and-a-half years.