David Quinn: Noonan was right, not all emigrants are victims
On the one hand we want our politicians to speak their minds because we're sick and tired of bland, pre-packaged, focus-group tested statements designed to cause the least possible offence.
On the other hand, when a politician does speak his mind and says something that offends someone, or else speaks a bit carelessly, we jump all over him. The result is that they retreat back to the bland, pre-packaged statements.
Last week Enda Kenny spoke a bit carelessly at an event about the incomparably misguided and probably unconstitutional proposal to force political parties to run at least 30pc women candidates.