Ministers take flights of fancy
Published 16/08/2010 | 07:48
'THE flight now departing for Animal Farm will be making detours to Knock, Cork and Derry and returning to Baldonnel Airport later this evening."
This fantasy announcement may help to bring home to government ministers the fact that what they perceive as simple little perks, such as being collected or dropped off by government jet at locations convenient to their homes, are perceived by everyone else as further evidence of politicians' disconnect with the public mood and an unwarranted sense of privilege and entitlement.
It appears that government aircraft, including helicopters, are regularly being used, inevitably at the taxpayer's expense, for the convenience of politicians. This is in contrast to strictures on politicians in other EU countries, whose governments understand the importance of practising what you preach and of leading by example.