Tuesday 20 February 2018

Brendan Keenan: Doctor in the house but State is still ailing

Wise men and women in government who limit their own power may be the only way we dodge another meltdown

THE naked power of government ministers was on full view last week, although no one seemed very embarrassed about it. It is, after all, what we are used to seeing in our daily papers.

We are also used to things being done badly. More and more, the secret of economic success is seen as good governance. Neither stimulus nor austerity -- depending on your preferences -- are of any long-term use if the system itself is dysfunctional.

Dr James Reilly's air of brusque superiority may remind many of their own GPs -- but what matter if the correct treatment is prescribed? But even though doctors may be government ministers, government ministers are not doctors.

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