Saturday 20 January 2018

All hail the Government for life

Ruairi Quinn
Ruairi Quinn
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

You wouldn't imagine Ruairi Quinn would have a lot in common with Margaret Thatcher. But on Tuesday, on Pat Kenny, he dug deep into her grave and conjured up again that knackered old bird we thought had died with her: Tina.

There is no alternative. It was a phrase Thatcher and Co used about free market capitalism. Quinn was using it in the context of the current Government.

Quinn, of all people, should know that there is always an alternative - an alternative Minister for Education, an alternative leader of the Labour Party. But then, those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make feel indispensable. And when Quinn invoked Tina, he was probably speaking for a lot of his colleagues.

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