Pat Rabbitte: The public don’t have a taste for blood – they’re hungry for leadership

Anger over Phil Hogan’s actions is absolutely justifiable, but his ousting from Europe makes our situation worse, not better

30th August, 2020
Pat Rabbitte: The public don’t have a taste for blood – they’re hungry for leadership
In the headlong rush from public anger, Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar put intolerable pressure on Ursula von der Leyen to resolve the problem for them

In a parliamentary democracy, the role of the opposition is to advocate, scrutinise and oppose. The role of the media is to report, analyse, explain and criticise. Most of that goes out the window when there is a scent of blood in the water.

When opposition and media are in full flight baying for blood, citizens depend on government to bring authority and a sense of proportion to the controversy. Outrage may be understandable and...

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