Wednesday 14 November 2018

I am part of the resistance inside the Leo administration


Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Getty Images
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Getty Images


The Sunday Independent has taken the rare step of making up, sorry, we mean publishing, an anonymous Page One article today. We have decided this is the only way to deliver our perspective, sorry, we mean an important perspective, to our readers.

Leo Varadkar is facing a test to his Taoiseachship unlike that faced by any other Taoiseach. How does he force an election before his initial popularity wears off? I am a senior official in the Leo administration and, together with like-minded colleagues, I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda. We are the quiet internal resistance to the Government. We are called the civil service, and we have been doing this to every administration for as long as anyone can remember. We work from within to frustrate parts of the Government's agenda. When I say parts, I mean all of it.

We work tirelessly behind the scenes to frustrate their misguided impulses, their half-baked, ill-informed and reckless decisions, what they call their programme for government. Don't worry, Ireland, there are adults in the room, and we don't just mean Paschal, and we adults will make sure that nothing bad happens. In fact, we will do our damnedest, in your interests, to make sure that nothing happens at all.

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