Our President betrays his leftie leanings
Higgins' responses to the deaths of Chavez and Thatcher highlight his political bias, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards
President Higgins insists that he well understands the constitutional limits of the Presidency, but appears to let his political prejudices show.
There was the lecture last year to the London School of Economics, where Higgins extolled the socialist and anti-individualist principles of George Bernard Shaw and Beatrice Webb – both of whom, as political thinkers, are now mainly remembered for that long period when they were uncritical eugenicists and fans of Stalin.
Now we have the toe-curling contrast between his public responses to the deaths of Hugo Chavez and Margaret Thatcher.