Friday 9 December 2016

Editorial: Coalition's moral failure

Published 13/07/2014 | 02:30

It's now time for Taoisech Enda Kenny and his cabinet to get back to work. Photo: Peter Cavanagh.
It's now time for Taoisech Enda Kenny and his cabinet to get back to work. Photo: Peter Cavanagh.

Talleyrand famously noted of the uniquely stupid Bourbon dynasty that, even after the French Revolution, it had still learned and forgotten nothing. It is unfortunate that our current Coalition appears to suffer from a similar defect.

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Mr Kenny has certainly forgotten none of the iniquities committed by Fianna Fail. But his own performance appears to suggest he has learned nothing of value from the errors of his predecessors, either.

The Taoiseach's failure in this regard has been a central factor in the accelerating political bankruptcy of an administration, elected with the largest majority in the history of the State. If a private company lost a quarter of the total market share, in a scenario where they essentially held a monopoly, either the product or the board would be liquidated. Though it was driven by necessity rather than desire, our reshuffle at least displayed some dim awareness that the examiners are on their way.

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