Saturday 21 January 2017

Just when we need strong government, Cabinet collegiality is smashed to bits

Published 06/07/2016 | 02:30

‘It has been a bad few days for Enda Kenny – his big idea of a North-South Brexit forum was torpedoed by Arlene Foster’ Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
‘It has been a bad few days for Enda Kenny – his big idea of a North-South Brexit forum was torpedoed by Arlene Foster’ Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Fergus Finlay once shrewdly opined that no government was ever as weak as it appeared from outside during a crisis (or as stable at it seemed at times of calm). But this Government is surely putting that theory to the test. We can only pray that it is not as feeble as it currently looks.

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Given the potential chaos caused by Brexit, the need for a strong and firm administration here is paramount. But instead, what we have got is the politics of tokenism, as demonstrated by the Independent Alliance's stand on the Fatal Foetal Abnormalities Bill.

It's no exaggeration to say that this is a time of national crisis. The fallout from the disastrous result of the UK referendum on EU membership has the potential, if things go badly, to end up being more damaging in the long term than the financial crash of 2008.

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