Thursday 8 December 2016

Time to wake up and smell the bullshit

Shatter's account of penalty points row has become gospel – in truth it stinks, writes Gene Kerrigan

Published 26/05/2013 | 05:00

Defence Minister Alan Shatter apologised to ex-soldiers dismissed en masse from the Irish Army during the Second World War
Defence Minister Alan Shatter apologised to ex-soldiers dismissed en masse from the Irish Army during the Second World War

THE road to the political hell in which Alan Shatter now finds himself was liberally sprayed with bullshit – and for the past 10 days too many people have pretended not to see it. What a pity that Mr Shatter now finds himself somewhat embarrassed, having slipped and ended up sprawled in that foul substance.

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The Minister for Stirring It Up started off well, expertly stitching up his political opponents. Shatter put the knife into Mick Wallace, then he despatched Luke 'Ming' Flanagan with a few verbal karate chops.

The James Bond of Irish politics, was Mr Shatter. Each blow to his opponent followed by a limp quip. "I have an inconvenient habit of telling the truth," he drawled.

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