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TD resign? You must be joking

Madam – There is a scene in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit that runs thus: Eddie Valiant: "Anybody know you're here?" Roger Rabbit: "Nobody. Not a soul except... the newsboy, the fireman, the butcher, the grocer, the baker..." Eddie Valiant: "In other words the whole town knows... get out!"

Alan Shatter is the latest to be asked to consider his position as justice minister in light of the Wallace affair. Much ado about nothing and as I tap the boards the steam is draining from the kerfuffle. No Irish politician resigns... end of story. Like Eddie Valiant and Roger Rabbit above, probably the whole town of politicians should resign for their past deeds if resigning was an Irish trait.

Currently in Dail Eireann we have politicians who have featured with serious monetary difficulties, politicians who have had tax-compliance issues with Revenue, who have had penalty points removed from their records. We have a litany of broken promises and bare-faced lies vomited back in our faces. And onwards with brazen bare-faced cheek they stride.

Across the pond in much maligned Albion resigning is considered a noble thing to do. The carpets are coloured red in the Houses of Commons to mask the spilt blood of the many political hari-karis that take place.

Messing with the points in England leads to resignations and a spell in the chokey with the smell of high-flying careers wafting skyward.

We have a word for it here, it's called "cute hoorism", allied to a brass neck. In truth nobody will ever resign from high office because they will laugh into the face of their colleagues and probably say "you're a good one to talk!" Glass houses, stones and that type of thing.

To request the resignation of Mr Shatter is a laugh. Politics is a blood sport and he played by the rules as currently employed. Chasing after him is akin to speed-gunning the compliant tax-paying motorist in a 30kmh zone whilst ignoring the poor pensioner being battered to death across the road for their few bob.

Eddie Valiant got it right. The whole town knows and the whole town knows that it cannot change because seemingly there aren't too many within the body politic that fire that first stone.

John Cuffe,


Co Meath

Irish Independent