Tuesday 6 December 2016

Drip, drip, drip effect erodes all credibility

Published 21/08/2015 | 02:30

'Nothing in the world is as flexible and yielding as water, but it also has the potential to hollow out the hardest of rocks, let alone a divided government'
'Nothing in the world is as flexible and yielding as water, but it also has the potential to hollow out the hardest of rocks, let alone a divided government'

Successful politicians recognise the line between confidence and arrogance, and right now the Government is on the wrong side of it on the issue of Irish Water. The key to turning the situation is in their own hands: they need to restore credibility, and this can only be done by establishing integrity on the issue.

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The Government must abandon the lunacy of rewarding those who boycott paying their bills. It must learn from its mistakes instead of falling flat on its face every time it attempts to step forward. People no longer believe the Government knows what it is doing on water.

The U-turns and somersaults have induced dizziness in the higher echelons, producing a sense of instability which goes to the heart of the Cabinet, leaving the Coalition in a spin.

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