Michael Martin Resigns

 Posted by on May 19, 2009  Add comments
May 192009
 

It’s not my place to comment on the politics of our neighbouring country, except to say this: I admire them.  I admire the British politicians.

I admire the fact that they’re prepared to resign, in contrast to the gobshites who populate our body politic.

I admire the fact that, for the most part, they don’t expect to hand down their seats to their sons and daughters.

I admire the fact that their politicians can actually speak instead of mumbling prepared platitudes from a a crib-sheet.

What I don’t admire is their horrible class distinction.

I don’t admire the fact that they looked down on Michael Martin because of his accent, or his social origins, or his religion.

I don’t admire their insufferable self-righteousness, but I do admire their integrity, which is greater than ours.

On the other hand, unlike Douglas Hogg, I can’t imagine an Irish politician claiming expenses for cleaning his moat, but that’s because we’re not posh enough to have moats.

If  Irish politicians actually lived in castles, I can assure you they’d be far worse than any of their British counterparts.

I never thought I’d hear myself saying this, but it’s true: we need to become a lot more like the British.

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Comments (5)
  1.  

    For a second I thought it was Míceal Martin….phhh as if!

  2.  

    My thoughts exactly, Elle. And pigs would fly ….

    Bock, I have to agree with your comment about the Brits, at least in the political sphere. in fairness, though, they’ve had a bit more practice at this that we have had …

    What’s really crucial is how we as a country/nation react to the present situation – this will be the first real test of Ireland as a mature social democracy. For instance, I honestly think that we will never again be duped by a proprty bubble (after all it has hit us where it hurts). Now, the real challenge is whether we’ll actually go through a political realignment and change thepolitical landscape sufficiently in order to offer a real choice in the fuure. That I’m not so sure about, simply because too many of us have ‘invested’ in the present set-up with all its faults and built-in entrophy

  3.  

    guff masquerading as shite.
    martin had to go because he made a bad decision and compounded this by calling in the lawyers when he was threatened with being exposed for it.

    the notion that poor Michael Martin has been shafted by a bunch of snobs is one that’s being peddled by Labour central office desperately trying to disassociate themselves from the governments campaign to nobble freedom of information legislation.

    also, i’m not entirely sure why you deride people for looking down on Martin because of his religion?
    i thought you didn’t care who you offended?
    or is this just more salt-of-the-earth, dogs-in-the-street , PC-boogeyman-can’t-handle-the-truth schtick?

    if you want transparency on expenses and the like you need to look North to the Scottish Parliament.
    this shit has a tendency to go away when everything is in the public domain.

  4.  

    YOUR RIGHT BOCK , JUST LOOK AT THE BRITISH LEGAL SYSTEM , IT DOSNT MATTER WHO YOU ARE : LORD, MP,SENIOR CHIEF POLICEMAN IF YOUR CAUGHT DOING SOMETHING WRONG YOU FACE THE FULL RIGOURS OF THE LAW, HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU HEARD OF A GARDA , TD, MINISTER OR CLERGY BEING DONE FOR DRINK DRIVING ?????? NEVER IN THE UK PAPERS THEY GET NAMED AND SHAMED…

  5.  

    Thought it was Meeeeeeehal, the nicotine taliban, Martin myself, are they related,one, as the Brits might say, wonders.

    The Brit Martin has resigned his position – but he’ll still have his snout in the trough.

    Here’s Richard Littlejohn going through the lot of them for a short cut.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1186217/RICHARD-LITTLEJOHN-Politicians-Pass-machine-gun.html

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