Monday 20 November 2017

Lise Hand: Feck! Craggy start for new plan as Enda makes arse of it

Lise Hand

Lise Hand

Why did Enda do it? After all, he repeatedly assures those who worry about his less-than-sure-footed grasp of economic and fiscal matters that as a party leader he is akin to the manager of a team of talented players and is happy to delegate those responsibilities when Fine Gael policy explications are required.

So why did he go on Radio One's 'This Week' show yesterday to discuss 'Reinventing Government', Fine Gael's new policy document laying out the party's plans to radically reform the public services? Why didn't he dispatch Richard Bruton, the main architect of the policy, to sell this plan to the people?

And given that some parts of the plan are woollier than a field of sheep, it would have seemed utterly logical to deploy Richard to Montrose, given his in-depth knowledge of the plan, and its potential pitfalls. After all, at the press conference to launch the plan yesterday morning, it had been Richard who had ably fielded the bulk of the questions from the media.

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