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THE Cabinet's Praetorian Guard. That was the description of Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte in a recent interview in the 'Sunday Independent'.

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The Praetorian Guard, of course, were responsible for protecting the Roman emperor. But they had an unfortunate reputation for doing away with their charge if they thought he wasn't up to the job.

Mr Rabbitte perhaps is better likened to a Roman Consul; sent out to do battle when the barbarians are at the gates. On the other hand, some on his own side may have detected, in that interview, the sound of a sword being loosed in its scabbard.

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