A twisted set of priorities
It is somewhat early for this Government to be embracing the 'kiss up, kick down' school of corporate psychology that was such a defining feature of their unlamented predecessors.
Last week, however, the FG wing of the current coalition left itself dangerously open to such a perception. The spectacle of Michael Noonan kissing both cheeks of the finance minister of our French tormentors was all too symptomatic of Ireland's excessively deferential relationship with Europe.
As Mr Noonan followed the kissing with a declaration that the obedient colonial Irish would be delighted if Ms Lagarde became the next president of the IMF, it appears that we now depend on others such as the British MEP Sharon Bowles to fight our battles for us. We are grateful to the chairperson of the EU Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee for her attack on the 'outrageous' terms being imposed on Ireland by the so-called EU 'bail-out'. Taoiseach Enda Kenny, in contrast, told the Dail that Ireland would repay all of its debts. It is an odd state of affairs when an Irish Taoiseach undermines an attempt by a British MEP to reverse the Shylock's deal we have been signed up to.