Opinion Analysis

Monday 23 October 2017

Ming has a point... or at least he used to

Donal Lynch

Donal Lynch

In other political news, Luke 'Ming' Flanagan moved a step closer last week to the foundation of the breakaway '"Do As I Say, Not As I Do" party. Studies show there is broad support for such a grouping in Irish society, especially among superannuated hippies and those who feel there is not enough drivel emanating from the coalition.

Ming's credentials to lead such a party are impeccable. After fronting a campaign blasting gardai for quashing points for high-profile figures, Ming was subsequently forced to admit he himself had had penalty points quashed and that his explanations – blaming the guards again – "held no water".

But this is maybe just the type of hypocrisy that would be expected from rank-and-file membership of the new party. Because Ming is a natural leader he takes it a step further: in the run-up to his ill-fated Cannabis Bill last week, he claimed he would report any past use of cannabis by TDs who opposed the bill, despite the fact he himself has smoked it in the past and still does (but only "outside Ireland" of course).

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