I have been steering clear of politics, because I’m sick of the subject.
But yesterday I read Fintan O’Toole’s column in the Irish Times. First I laughed. Then I cried. Then I laughed again.
He writes about how none of the fiascos of the last ten years are the government’s fault. He gives quotes from TDs. Now I’m not going to plagiarise his work, because that would be churlish. But I have to use one or two of the quotes…
For example, there was the fiasco of the electronic voting system [that we had to have otherwise we’d be the laughing stock of Europe] –
“Any waste of money on the voting system lies at the Opposition’s door” [says Bertie. Of course.]
Why didn’t we meet our Kyoto commitments? –
“I am not resposible for the planet, as the deputy is aware” [Bertie again]
Another classic concerning the fact that Ireland has some of the largest primary school classes in Europe –
“It is completely unacceptable that any school has 40 or more children in a classroom. That is not my fault” [Mary Hanafin – Minister for Education].
My favourite has to be Bertie’s eloquent little speech about his finances –
“Surely, surely I’m not resposible if Vincent Browne gave somebody to administer the money for that house and that person administers the money on that house and the bills are all sent to a tribunal. All the bills relating to that money are all given given to a tribunal and therefore then I .. I.. I shouldn’t be answering that”
In another part of the paper, we had McDowell singing the praises for Bertie’s “exercise in in honesty and truthfulness” [see above?] and “We asked for accountability and the Taoiseach gave it in spades”
What the hell are these people saying? What are they talking about? Are they in some kind of parallel universe?
What planet are they really from?