Sunday 24 September 2017

Martina Devlin: Judge has pointed way to change

Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

THE Moriarty Report contains all manner of unsettling revelations, and it is impossible to read even a random selection of its 2,000 pages without a sinking heart.

Among the conclusions to be drawn is that our democracy is more frail than it ought to be -- that our version is based on a nod and a wink.

But the report itself hasn't weakened our democracy -- on the contrary, it is strengthened, because flaws in the system are highlighted which can and must be addressed. For example, the torch Moriarty shines into the inner workings of the civil service, revealing an alarmingly supine attitude towards ministers, should prompt us to insist on more transparency regarding how this arm of permanent government operates.

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