“I will study closely what happens before I make any decision”

Mick’s post on the Irish government budget announcement at 3.45pm tomorrow reminded me of something Finance Minister Brian Lenihan said at the start of November

Speaking about his plans to react appropriately to Britain’s upcoming budget, he said: “We didn’t know last year that the British were bringing down their vat rate, but at least this year the British budget is first, so I will study closely what happens before I make any decision.”

The UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, will deliver this year’s Pre-Budget Report to Parliament at 12:30pm on Wednesday 9th December.