Tuesday 24 October 2017

Editorial: Coalition is past its sell-by date

Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore are in a whirlwind of political instability
Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore are in a whirlwind of political instability

After three all too long years, more than a little of the elegiac winsomeness of Shakespeare's warning about how 'summer's lease hath all too short a date' surrounds our strife-torn Coalition. It makes for some change from 2011 when this eternally self-satisfied administration was calculating its shelf life in decades. Now, however, Micheal Martin, a leader who is getting a great deal more right than wrong these days, correctly notes that the Coalition resembles a 'caretaker' administration that has passed its sell-by date.

In this regard, nothing epitomises the deterioration of its political standing among the citizens more than the chilly public response to Mr Kenny's latest oeuvre on the mothers and babies scandal. Mr Kenny may have moved hearts when it came to Cloyne. However, such has been the thinning of his political credit, the response of the citizens to last week's formulaic attack on the wilted power of the crozier was one of disdain over the rodomontade coming from an individual who was as quiet as a church mouse on social issues when Ireland was still ruled by the church militant.

The deterioration of the Taoiseach's much mocked 'democratic revolution' accelerated even further courtesy of the Coalition's contemptuous interference in what is now universally believed to be a politically partisan banking inquiry. Last week's chaos, alas, was all too typical of the autocratic cult of micro-management, fearful self-absorption and basic incompetence of this lost administration.

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