Never before has the “them and us” syndrome been so apparent.
I mentioned Our Leo a few days ago. [Those who don’t know who he is can find a remarkably succinct explanation in the first paragraph.] He has been a bit of a naughty boy.
There were some important negotiations a while back between the gubmint and a union. There was another union which should [in my opinion] have been involved but were specifically excluded by the gubmint. Now one of the leaders of that other union asked his great pal Leo if there was any chance of a gander at the documentation. The documentation was apparently clearly stamped “CONFIDENTIAL – Not for circulation”, but Our Leo handed it over anyway. Word spread about this and Our Leo found himself quite rightly up to his neck in shit.
I can’t help but think that it I did something like that back in my working days I would be hauled over the coals and fired. But not so Our Leo. He squirmed a bit, tried to throw his “friend” under a bus and eventually came up with the excuse that he had explained to his friend that the document was confidential and not to tell anyone, thereby apparently conforming to his idea of confidentiality. It seems he has gotten away with it.
One rule for them and another for the rest of us.
Then there is the little matter of Woulfe, a High Court Judge. In this little tale the judge attended a bash at a golf club that contravened the gubmint Virus rules. He was asked to explain his blatant flouting of the rules and as far as I can gather, his excuse was that the rules had been changed and as he had been on holidays, he hadn’t heard about the change. [you can read the tedious stuff here] He was told he should resign but he refused.
I can just imagine the scene –
I’m in the dock having been caught outside a bank with a gun in one hand and a sack of cash in the other.
“Ah your judgeship, you see I was out sick that day in school when they gave the lesson about robbing banks. I honestly thought it was okay.”
I’m sure that would work?
Unless there really is one rule for them and another for the rest of us.
There used to be a joke in the Church of Ireland that "confidentiality" meant telling one other person at a time! Leo must have had that definition.
That was his [serious] excuse…..
I really don't know why only some politicians are described as "oily, slippery, or devious". They ALL exhibit those qualities in spades.