Monday 5 December 2016

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

Published 07/01/2016 | 02:30

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

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

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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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