The presidency must stay above the fray - otherwise you rob it of prestige
Published 13/05/2016 | 02:30
Is it really so surprising that Sabina Higgins has weighed in to the abortion debate? She and her husband - our First Citizen - have been using the prestige given to them by the office of the presidency to advocate for all sorts of points of view.
In this column a few weeks ago, I described how Michael D Higgins has been continually using the soapbox provided to him by the presidency to push a particular worldview, in his case, socialism.
Is that putting it too strongly? Not at all. Read his speeches in which he attacks so-called "neo-liberalism", attacks free market advocates such as Milton Friedman, extols their intellectual opposite numbers and, in one of his 1916 speeches, even managed to work in a favourable reference to soviet committees set up in various parts of the country 100 years ago.