Excuses over banking inquiry ring hollow

The truest test of whether the government is serious about reform of the way our political system works is whether it is prepared to give up power.

15th June, 2014

The truest test of whether the government is serious about reform of the way our political system works is whether it is prepared to give up power and have it exercised instead by someone else – local authorities, say, or the fiscal advisory council, or Oireachtas committees, or parliament itself.

At nearly every stage, this government has failed that test. True, this has sometimes been at the whim of citizens, who roundly – and wrongly,...

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