Friday 20 October 2017

Varadkar and Coveney fail to see their job is to manage policy during a crisis

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney (right) helps Civil Defence members pull a boat through flooding at Springfield, Co Clare. Photo: Gareth Williams / Press 22
Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney (right) helps Civil Defence members pull a boat through flooding at Springfield, Co Clare. Photo: Gareth Williams / Press 22
John Downing

John Downing

As history can prove over and over, where responsibility is divided it is frequently avoided.

That one is not as cryptic as it might sound at first.

Buck-passing is a great political skill to acquire and some people - not just professional politicians - operate it at Olympic level. But it is also a tiresome carry-on, especially when it is operated backwards as well as forwards.

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