Wednesday 7 December 2016

No place for dithering - indecision will cost Burton

Published 11/07/2014 | 02:30

Newly elected Tanaiste Joan Burton arriving at the Taoiseach's office. Photo: Mark Condren
Newly elected Tanaiste Joan Burton arriving at the Taoiseach's office. Photo: Mark Condren

"Indecision and delays are the parents of failure."

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Those words are attributed to George Canning, a long-forgotten British Prime Minister who – in sentiments the direct opposite to those of the infamous Duke of Wellington – called himself "an Irishman born in London". The Londoner with strong Co Derry links did his politicking in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries – but many of his aphorisms seem as fresh as though they were coined in recent weeks.

His comment about the perils of dithering and procrastinating came to mind this week, as four days of to-ing and fro-ing about a potential re-working of government priorities and a cabinet re-shuffle just dragged and dragged.

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