• Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney was a busy man over the Christmas break.
On December 28 he came out to say that child benefit should be reformed further next year to make sure that rich families don't receive the same payments as lower-income families. On the same day, he said that the Croke Park Agreement should be reviewed to allow increments to be delayed. And then on January 3 he said that former top bankers should be jailed and that retired politicians should forfeit their pensions.
Three populist outbursts in the space of a week is surely no coincidence. Enda Kenny should watch out! Mr Coveney is clearly a man on manoeuvres.
Harolds Cross, Dublin 6W