Health crisis exposes Coalition's inadequacies
IN one of his famous outbursts, Winston Churchill fulminated against sterility at Westminster: "So they [the Government] go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent."
Looking back at a week that saw a hospital close its A&E doors because of overcrowding; and angry reactions from despairing flood victims hoping the Cabinet meeting on the crisis would deliver something more dynamic than the prospect of another "taskforce", a similar distemper seems to have affected the Coalition.
While there was significantly good news as Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin - doing their own 'Chuckle Brothers' routine - unveiled very welcome exchequer figures showing the State took over €3bn more than expected in 2015; it is the images of the elderly and infirm left on trolleys that will endure. As mentioned elsewhere in the paper today, since 2013 when the first of the supplementary Budgets was introduced, an extra €1,200m has been swallowed up by the department. If lobbing money at the problem was all that was required solutions would be straightforward enough.