For Gilmore, it's a case of do as I say, not as I do. . .
Allegations of cronyism follow Eamon Gilmore like exhaust fumes from a decrepit jalopy. The polluting effect of these accusations would be easier to ignore if the Labour leader's tenure as Tánaiste was a sleek model of purpose, pace and progress.
In truth, however, Gilmore's stewardship looks and sounds like an antique banger that's getting nowhere fast. If it were not for the heat generated by the favouritism rows, his public profile would be devoid of any spark whatsoever.
The latest controversy to trail Gilmore involves his personal and political links to Mr Justice Michael White, a Circuit Court judge who has just been appointed by the Government to the High Court. White and Gilmore are former Workers' Party colleagues.