There is a little news item that has been rumbling around for the past few days.
It concerns Catherine Zappone who is an ex-minister for children.
It seems that her pals in gubmint invented a job and a title for her and plonked her into this job with a nice little salary.
What bemuses me is the job itself – “UN Special Envoy on Freedom of Opinion and Expression“.
What the fuck is that about?
Does this mean I have a right to have an opinion? And if I have an opinion I am free to express it. So I’m fine saying that in my opinion that a disproportionate number of violent crimes in Ireland seem to be caused by immigrants? And I am free to express that opinion, as I just have? But then there is a chance a squad car will roll up shortly and arrest me for committing a hate crime as I am apparently anti-immigration and xenophobic and promoting violence against foreigners?
Personally I find that rather confusing. The UN Special Envoy will ensure that I have a freedom to have an opinion and to express it, but the law says I can be arrested for having thoughts and saying or writing them? Opinion and thoughts are different concepts? Expression excludes speaking or writing?
The row concerns whether or not this job creation is cronyism which it undoubtedly is [in my opinion] but I haven’t seen one single query as to what the job entails.
It sounds to me like they are just keeping Zappone’s snout feeding from the tax trough.
But that is just my opinion.