Tuesday 25 April 2017

Government must end politics of the three-card trick

Coalition still needs to realise end to austerity rather than cabinet shuffling is the only road to recovery for Enda and Joan's team, writes John Drennan

Tanaiste Joan Burton and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Damien Eagers
Tanaiste Joan Burton and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Damien Eagers
John Drennan

John Drennan

Even before Mr Kenny's reshuffle started to inspire comparisons with the 16th -Century Scottish reformer John Knox's 'first blast of the trumpet against the monstrous regiment of women', the Taoiseach was in a distinctly dog-in-the-manger mood.

Others might have been wailing about how the reshuffle had taken five weeks, in contrast, the Taoiseach looked like a man who would have been happier if the affair took five months.

There may be more than temerity behind the Taoiseach's unease, for the notion that a cabinet reshuffle is some form of political blood transfusion is a political myth.

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