The Dail is bankrupt and the country may soon follow suit
The Great Debate revealed the pointlessness of what passes for politics in the doss house that is Leinster House, says Jody Corcoran
THE Great Debate began with the Taoiseach reading from a prepared script. His script had not been circulated to TDs in advance. So that curious little man, Alan Shatter, a Fine Gael TD, chose to intervene.
"Never mind organising an economy, he cannot even organise his script," said Shatter of Brian Cowen.
Shatter had just made an unintended point: everything about the debate was scripted, pre-ordained, along nakedly political lines, to such an extent that listening to it was enough to eventually induce a headache.