Arrogance and hubris clouded a great legal mind
Published 08/05/2014 | 02:30
IT is customary, when writing political obituaries, to highlight the positive attributes of the recently departed. And so it should be said, in the style of political colleagues that rallied to the defence of former Justice Minister Alan Shatter – even as his credibility sank like a stone – that he was a talented legal thinker who worked incredibly hard on his reform agenda.
What a pity that Mr Shatter, who resigned in disgrace after a series of mostly self-inflicted scandals, did not work incredibly hard on the hubris and arrogance that characterised his tenure and led to his downfall, one that could yet unseat the entire Coalition.
What a pity his superciliousness and omnipotent conceit, despite his acknowledged talents and achievements, constantly got in the way of a promising legacy.