PAC show trial makes for good drama, but it doesn't serve the public interest
The pursuit of publicity will always come first when politicians are involved, writes Fionnan Sheahan, Group Political Editor
THE scriptwriters of Love/Hate and The Wire have got it all wrong. Amateurs. In their desire to drag out the plot line, they have the cops gathering large files of information, undertaking months of surveillance, compiling vast amounts of research and making sure all their evidence stacks up.
Nah, that's not how you conduct an investigation. Just do it the PAC way. Go straight for the show trial. Haul in the pantomime villains, don't bother doing all the homework, throw a bunch of questions in an uncoordinated fashion, crank up a few conspiracy theories and make it as dramatic as possible.
After all, it's not the actual outcome that matters, it's about grandstanding enough to get a soundbite on the six o'clock news.