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Must do better: The end-of-term report for our prefects at school of hard knocks

Published 24/07/2014 | 02:30

Unease: Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Unease: Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Happy days are here at last for our Dail deputies. Eight weeks of not being expected to be around for meetings, media interviews or constituency chores. Another political year ends in parallel with the education/ academic summer break.

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No heavy lifting until autumn 'away days' for parliamentary parties in September. A good time therefore to produce end-of-year report cards for our senior politicos. While more precise numerical examination grades are conferred through election results, progress reports benchmark pupils' past performance and future potential.

My old alma mater is traditionally the toughest of schools for hard knocks; bullying and beatings were always systemic; teacher's pets thrive on arbitrary discrimination; with many pupils being expelled before reaching full maturity.

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