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Seven Days

This will be the last article for a while, as I head for foreign parts and a week’s holidays, so consider this a virtual time capsule.

As I write, the US Congress is still arguing over how large a blank cheque they should give to Wall Street (or if they should bail them out at all), Joe Biden and Sarah Palin are in training for their non-debate while Obama looks set to put clear blue water between himself and his rival, and the Dow Jones Index ricochets between it’s largest ever falls and it’s largest ever gains.

Meanwhile, the Irish government has already decided to hand over a blank cheque guarantee to it’s bankers, subject to the inconvenience of having to go through the motions of consulting the Oireachtas, and the tax hikes to pay for the government’s plans to dig it’s way out of a recession are being rebranded as carbon efficiency measures, as the cabinet plans to tax carbon fuels and parking spaces, and introduce congestion charges in city centres.

A week can be a long time in politics, as British Prime Minister Harold Wilson once observed. So what will the headlines be when I get back?