Sunday 22 October 2017

Sorry, Lucinda but talk is cheap – real reform is hard-won and we're delivering

Minister Leo Varadkar and the Reform Alliance’s Lucinda Creighton. Photo: Tom Burke
Minister Leo Varadkar and the Reform Alliance’s Lucinda Creighton. Photo: Tom Burke

Leo Varadkar

Reform is the buzzword in Irish politics: public sector reform, political reform, disruptive reforms, welfare reform ... the list goes on and we are all at it.

Sometimes reform means major institutional change, other times incremental change, and sometimes it's just a euphemism for cuts. Almost everyone in the media and political bubble seems to want more reform, though few members of the public ever seem to raise it as their main concern.

Mere reform on its own is never enough to satisfy demands. It must also be 'real', 'radical' or 'root and branch'. Alliteration is very important to reformers, you know?

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