Tuesday 23 January 2018

Charge sheet against Shatter is what's truly extraordinary

Alan Shatter is a minister whose political achievements consistently add up to less than the sum of the inflationary claims of his admirers
Alan Shatter is a minister whose political achievements consistently add up to less than the sum of the inflationary claims of his admirers

Liam Fay

Alan Shatter left government in the same way he conducted himself while in office: big head held high. His letter of resignation as Justice Minister is a masterwork of pugnacious conceit. It offers no contrition, no acknowledgement that serious mistakes were made. Nothing by way of explanation for his chronic mishandling of the multiple garda scandals.

Aside from a slushy interlude in which he pays swooning tribute to Enda Kenny – "I believe you are an extraordinary Taoiseach" – Shatter actually sounds as though he is throwing down a gauntlet rather than throwing in the towel.

But then, what did we expect? Shatter was compelled to resign because even his most indulgent patron, Extraordinary Enda, had finally tired of the gymnastic contortions required to defend this dogged defender of the indefensible.

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