Tuesday 21 February 2017

Something must be done - but just one small step at a time, as usual

Published 25/08/2016 | 02:30

Sports Minister Shane Ross Photo: Mark Condren
Sports Minister Shane Ross Photo: Mark Condren

They are idle most of the time. But, when they are called into play it's a busy place, and their work is also quite perilous.

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I'm talking about the little-known arm of government known as the 'Something-must-be-done department'. There is an old, warped but rather apt maxim in the strange world of public relations which goes: "Don't just stand there - do nothing."

It propelled Bertie Ahern through three decades of politics, as he watched many an incoming dangerous ball eventually bounce wide of the mark. In politics the virtues of standing idly by are often under-rated.

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