Budget day is fast approaching, and the prebugdget speculation has been somewhat suppressed by the Galway Tragedy.
The Governent are targeting an adjustment of some €3.5 billion. The Government parties will insist the cuts and revenue raising methods are unavoidable. The opposition will partake in the usuall theatrics, describing the budget as savage, uncaring, misguided and insist that there were real less painful alternatives.
The left will talk about a lost opportunity insisting taxing the rich could solve our problems coupled with a massive stimulus package.
What are the odds of a prorata cut to politicians pay and expenses if there are cuts to social welfare program's?
Of course we already have Sinn Fein politicians claiming to live on some measure of an average income. They never admit that they take full whack from the taxpayer, ensuring there is no advantage for the exchequer.
It is not likely that a single opposition T.D will volunteer to forego any of their salary. There will be lots of crocodile tears.
What are the odds of an Taoiseach pushing another pay cut?
Implementing a cut to politicians pay just might be on the cards!