Opinion Editorial

Sunday 17 December 2017

Minister for Wobbles loses his rattle again

John Halligan TD. Photo: Gareth Chaney / Collins
John Halligan TD. Photo: Gareth Chaney / Collins


There once was a shepherd boy who was bored as he sat on the hillside watching the village sheep. To amuse himself he took ... Sound familiar? It ought to. It is Aesop's Fable, number 210; better known as the "Boy who cried Wolf". It ends badly for everyone.

That is why it is told to small children as a cautionary tale about consequences and actions. John Halligan may be a "Junior" Minister, but he is behaving like he belongs in "Senior Infants". Infants like to throw the rattle out of the pram to keep the attention of those watching over them. They can play this game for a very long time until either one or two things happen: The baby gets bored and stops, or the indulgent carer gets vexed and the baby gets scolded.

John Halligan is about to get scolded. The national parliament is not a crèche where those who throw the biggest theatrical tantrums get to wear the tiara. He has made himself the Minister for Wobbles.

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