Over the weekend I was sat with a group of friends down the local pub. Of course the only thing people wanted to talk about was the Premier League results and the upcoming budget.
What struck me was how most of my friends didnt believe for one minute the government would introduce a harsh budget. There belief is that the budget will attack the rich and the only cuts in welfare would be the scrapping of child benefits for the rich and medical cards on wealthy pensioners.
I tried my best to explain to them that just hitting the rich wouldnt be enough to fill the gap in spending and that the only way to do this (rightly or wrongly) was to introduce a tough budget hiting all sectors of Ireland including the poor.
But as much as I tried they wouldnt have it, no way would the government do this was the reply.
I then asked what would they do If the government did, but again this idea wasnt even entertained, a flat no way was the response.
I actually think the reason why the Irish havent stood up to the government is because nobody thinks the government will introduce a harsh budget, and like my friends the government is in Economic denial.
Do I have a select few strange friends or is this the same for your friends and family across Ireland?