• What is this strange quiet that has descended? Where is the baying pack of newshounds?
It is not a government minister that has been brought to bay, not a public service executive, not a party leader or challenger, and certainly not a cardinal. No! Even a Vatican edict could not have silenced those dogs more effectively than their being faced with criticising the malpractice of a group of their own colleagues in RTE. Now, after a dutiful and ridiculously inhibited yelp or two, they are snuffling sheepishly in the undergrowth, desperately hoping for some quarry, best of all a bishop, to be startled from the bushes.
Then tally-ho will be shrilly bugled and, with the one accord of groupthink, with headlong rush they will dash mercilessly for the kill.