Why is the government persisting with this idea that it has to be their budget or nothing? Why don’t FF and the Greens announce they are delaying the vote on the Budget by 2 weeks, allow FG and Labour free access to the full figures that the department of Finance are working with, and let FG and Labour introduce a slimmed down budget that they can agree on, and FF and the Greens simply abstain on this budget vote. If the government has a majority as they keep saying they do then they should introduce their own budget and live or die by it. This notion, being peddled by the media in particular some RTe presenters, that FG or Labour should support measures that they had no hand, act or in deciding on in a like it or lump vote is a joke. We never saw the great mass of the media, in RTe or elsewhere, suggesting in 1987 or 1982 that FF must vote for the FG/Labour budgets or else.
We would get a budget that was in the national interest and didn’t have all sorts of ridiculous commitments that neither FG nor Labour could live with for the next 5 years. And tell the ECB if they want to save the Euro then the major European banks that lent to Irish banks need to realise their losses on their loans ASAP.