A change of guard will not change the system
Talk of political reform is just that -- talk, as we head into months of transparent politicking, writes Jody Corcoran
IN A tribute last week, the Taoiseach pointedly referred to the "calm" contribution to Cabinet of his Minister for Defence, Tony Killeen, who has announced his imminent retirement from politics.
Of the many qualities in the make-up of a person, it would seem that calmness is among those most highly regarded by Brian Cowen, the Buddha of the Blueball, as they might say down home.
Which is fair enough when people may be losing the head all around you, but easy when you have a six-figure pension to fall back on, not six years on the dole to contemplate, the bailiffs at the door.