Friday 15 December 2017

Switching off 'El Presidente'

Sir -- While I am delighted by the victory of Michael D Higgins in the presidential election, his radio interview last Sunday on RTE's This Week programme caused me some alarm.

Decrying the current habit of public speakers promising to be brief and not detain their audience long, he said that, in places like South America, speaking for less than an hour might cause a riot.

President-elect Higgins is a fan of Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, both of whom have relied on state broadcasters to deliver speeches averaging three hours in duration, sometimes more. I hope that President Higgins is not hoping to use RTE to emulate his South American counterparts, otherwise he'll have us thinking of impeachment before too long.

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