Conservative Ireland would rather grandparents remain unsung
The insiders' backlash against proposals to reward sacrifice in old age shows that the plans must have merit
The mandarins were rumoured to be going bonkers. The gurus in the elite Department of Finance were believed to be tearing their hair out. The Independent Alliance, partners in government, had made a suggestion. A suggestion? Ministers making suggestions for the Budget? The cheek of them. Worse still, it was heresy.
According to the all-powerful mandarins' agenda, junior partners in government are not meant to be heretics. They are supposed to be slowly tamed by the system, worn down by two years in league with Fine Gael.
Last week, where was the ghost of the Labour Party, the passive, obedient coalition partners, when the mandarins needed them?