Sunday 19 February 2017

My plunge into politics didn't cost the taxpayer

Published 27/12/2015 | 02:30

Carol Hunt who took part in the Christmas swim at Seapoint in Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren
Carol Hunt who took part in the Christmas swim at Seapoint in Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren

Did you get my Christmas card? You didn't? Well, that might just be because I didn't send one. It's nothing personal. Even my mother didn't get one from me this year.

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Last month, totting up all the cash I didn't have to spend on cards, calendars, posters and other sundry pre-election materials, I decided that Christmas cards were an unnecessary expense this year. This, I have been informed, is very "unpolitical" of me.

Seemingly, every wannabe politician worth their salt gets a Christmas card out to potential voters, sometimes at their own cost, more often at yours. This doesn't strike me as being very much in the spirit of Christmas. Unless the spirit we're talking about is that of Ebenezer Scrooge, before the personality-changing visit of Christmas Future.

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