Tuesday 12 December 2017

The Yates Anthology: Keeping gob-daws out of the 32nd Dáil

Paul O'Connell. Photo: Sportsfile
Paul O'Connell. Photo: Sportsfile
Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

Irrespective of ideology, in every constituency across the political spectrum, there's an underlying opportunity to give the job to the best person, a person whom you'd hire as a professional advocate. One would like to presume that they might be literate, numerate and articulate.

Parliamentary duties are complex; they require legal knowledge as a legislator, a rudimentary grasp of macroeconomics and then there's the prerequisite: political skills to master civil servants. A constant forensic focus on social problems is also needed.

What I am saying is we don't need more gob-daws from Ballymagash ('Hall's Pictorial Weekly', remember?) blathering a torrent of parochial nonsense.

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