Wednesday 21 March 2018

Johnny Fallon: The Cardiff debacle is a mucky business and the Government has only itself to blame

THE government's attempt to appoint Kevin Cardiff to the European Court of Auditors has quickly developed into one that has no happy ending. It was a bit like watching a child that encounters a very large puddle blocking its route. Giving the matter some thought, the child thinks it would be very clever to take a good run and jump to see if the puddle can be cleared. Unfortunately, the child lands right in the middle. Wetter than ever, the child ploughs on ....

This Coalition had promised change. However. they knew that governments do not have the power to hire and fire at will among the civil service. They knew full well that the attacks made during their time in opposition, not just on the previous government but on the Department of Finance itself, had meant that it would be impossible to work with them unless new faces came in.

Then someone had a brainwave. Kevin Cardiff could be appointed to the European Court of Auditors. This meant that although the previous appointee, Eoin O’Shea, had requested to stay on - and been backed by the president of the court in his efforts - the new government turned down his request.

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