Friday 28 April 2017

We won't find our saviour in a star from the old days

Bypassing our elected representatives risks undermining our democracy, writes John-Paul McCarthy

PAT Kenny continues to provide calm and lucid guidance during our economic crisis, especially during his chairmanship of The Frontline programme last week. This made for excruciating viewing, as a cabinet minister squared off against a future cabinet minister before a live studio audience.

There were several bizarre moments during the debate, which allowed viewers to test the quality and resilience of the Irish national argument.

In a fairly extravagant descent into personal ridicule, one member of the audience asked the Minister for Defence, Tony Killeen, to name Article 7 of the Fianna Fail constitution, assuming that party political documents are like the pass cards that black South Africans had to have on their person at all times during the Eighties.

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