Sunday 22 October 2017

Ministers should govern, not engage in posturing

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has intervened with characteristic bluntness
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has intervened with characteristic bluntness

ONE government minister tells us that, despite its huge majority, the Coalition may not run its full term as expected into the spring of 2016. More alarmingly, another minister tells us that a central pillar of government – the Department of Justice – "is not fit for purpose". Both statements, but especially the latter, beg very fundamental questions about how much the citizens can rely upon the people they chose to order the nation's affairs.

Granted, we are now 10 days from polling day in what will be very difficult midterm elections for Fine Gael and especially, Labour. That does put a lot more unpredictable oomph into the political 'rhetoricometer'.

Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte is talking about the need for the Government to redefine its terms and begin pulling together again lest it lose its footing. His leader, Eamon Gilmore, is talking about government "renewing" its sense of purpose.

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