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The dangerous politics of feta

Michael Noonan's patronising remark about how the travails of Greece would only affect the availability of feta cheese is the latest example of how this Government is becoming far too smart for our own good. It was also wrong, for Greece's main export is contagion; or more accurately still the fear of contagion. In a union which is viewing its peripheral states with increasing hostility, should Greece be forced to leave the EU the least of our worries will be the availability of soft cheese.

Like Messrs Kenny and Shatter, the Finance Minister would do well to curb a burgeoning tendency to glide out of troubled waters via a merry quip or ad hominem attack and return to pre-election 2011 promises to embrace the virtues of plain speaking.