Welcome to my first column and podcast in several weeks. Apologies for the delay.This column is also available as a podcast via Spotify
It has been a few weeks since I last produced a column or podcast. This lull has not been due to any lack of material. Far from it. There has been enough political activity over the past two months for several columns.
So why the dwindling output, you ask?
Well, it is indirectly related to the late great Jeffrey Bernard. Regular readers and listeners will know that I am a bit of a fan of Bernard… and regularly pepper my output with his bon mots.
I was on RTÉ Radio One’s Today with Claire Byrne discussing the political trap set by Fine Gael… sorry… what am I saying? I of course mean the very public lobbying by a trio FG junior ministers on how the budget surplus should be spent.
I followed a very measured and constructive contribution from @JMcGuinnessTD and opened with my favourite Sean Lemass quote that
At its heart Fine Gael is nothing more than a rumour factory
I also reminded listeners of the “no surprises” clause which both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael agreed in the Confidence and Supply Agreement that kept Fine Gael in office (far longer than it should)… and that this no surpises is the very lowest level of trust which governmenmt parties should reasonably expect from fellow ministers and junior ministers… even junior ministers auditioning to be Ireland’s Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng
Is there an aspiring Kwasi and Liz duo within Fine Gael?