Tuesday 30 May 2017

Forget 1916 -- it's poets that we really need now

James Downey

James Downey

POOR George Lee! His brief political odyssey has ended in a sad shambles, and with at least one unpredictable consequence which he certainly could never have wished. It has lowered, instead of raising, the already deplorable standard of public discourse.

Within 24 hours of his resignation of his Dail seat, he allowed himself to be drawn into a demeaning argument about the relative pay rates in Leinster House and RTE. Whatever this debacle is all about, it is not about money.

Then Senator Eoghan Harris brought the gender question bizarrely into the debate. He had found, he said, that women tended to take George's side, whereas men tended to support Fine Gael. Am I dense, or insensitive, or what? At any rate, I can't see the relevance.

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