Friday 19 October 2018

You've heard of the 'Deep State' - now meet the 'Shallow State'

There's a place where the politicians meet lobbyists to discuss how to make things better

HERE’S WHERE THE SHALLOW STATE COMES IN: From left, Finian McGrath, Regina Doherty, Paul Kehoe, Ciaran Conlon, Stephen Lynam and Ross MacMathuna
HERE’S WHERE THE SHALLOW STATE COMES IN: From left, Finian McGrath, Regina Doherty, Paul Kehoe, Ciaran Conlon, Stephen Lynam and Ross MacMathuna
Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

You've heard of the "Deep State"? It's an allegedly sinister hidden state-within-the-state, up to all sorts of carry-on. Intelligence agencies, groups of higher civil servants - that kind of thing.

We have a little yarn here about something we might call the "Shallow State".

This consists of a layer of nonsense grafted onto the public service by ministers who've seen too many episodes of The West Wing.

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