What is it about our Health Ministers?
For years we had to endure Mad Cow Harney, and her determination to convert our health system into a bureaucratic nightmare. She closed one hospital after another in her drive to centralise everything into her so called “centres of excellence” which effectively means that if you have a particular problem you have to travel to one end of the country, or the other end if your problem is different.
Not only did she half destroy our hospital services but managed to destroy her own political party in the process.
We finally got rid of the bitch and what did we get in her place? Fatso Reilly.
Reilly, it transpires is a megalomaniacal bully. Let’s look at his short history in office.
For a start, if you are to debate with him on live television, you will be threatened by his cohorts in advance. “Think seriously about your future if you embarrass the minister on air”. Nice.
Then there is the wee matter of the Primary Care Centres, where suddenly overnight two are announced in the minister’s own constituency. And we thought stroke politics had died with Fianna Fail?
Then there is the case of the Mobility Allowance. Fatso decides not to pay it to the over 66s. The Ombudsman points out to him that this is against the law as it is discriminatory. His response? As far as he is concerned, the law is “optional”. Fucking charming!
As well as being a bully in a personal capacity, Fatso is also a strong believer in the Bully State.
He has stated his aims to double the cost of cigarettes in the next few years despite the fact that this will push the tobacco trade underground where age restrictions don’t apply.
Not content with bullying his own country, he is now spreading his wings and is lending his considerable weight to Scotland’s attempts to bring in minimum pricing for alcohol, which is against international trading laws, and will do nothing except penalise your average drinker. But what does Fatso care for laws, international or otherwise, as I have already pointed out?
As a footnote, he also intends introducing minimum pricing for alcohol here in Ireland. Not content with decimating the hospitality business with the smoking ban, he is going to do his damndest to kill off any remaining pub businesses with measures that will do fuck all about any supposed “alcohol problems”. Naturally this is to be introduced without any public or industry consultation. After all, his opinions are obviously superior to the laws or even reason.
This man is dangerous.