Tuesday 28 February 2017

Coalition parties doing themselves no favours with election bickering

John Downing

John Downing

Environment Minister Phil Hogan has been in the wars over Irish Water’s set-up costs and spending on outside consultants.
Environment Minister Phil Hogan has been in the wars over Irish Water’s set-up costs and spending on outside consultants.

EVEN those who love their politics will have a sense of dread about one unsavoury and dreary aspect of the forthcoming European Parliament and local council elections.

There is no shortage of posh terms for the syndrome. Try 'health rivalry', 'creative tensions' and 'brand differentiation' as just a small sample. But I prefer the simpler term: 'baba-stuff'.

I'm talking about how Fine Gael and Labour have got on quite well up to now as coalition partners. Then with just four months to go to polling day they begin this political pulling and dragging, seeking short-term advantage, doing a spot of low-grade sniping at one another, and posturing of all kinds.

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