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Pat Leahy: The government had been getting the big things right. Now it's getting nearly everything wrong. So what's happened?

Crisis is one of the most overused words in political reportage.

30th March, 2014
The government and its leadership were just reacting to events, reeling from each revelation in a manner uncomfortably reminiscent of Brian Cowen's government.

The most startling thing about the past week has been the air of crisis that pervaded the entire political and governing apparatus of the state as the penalty points/secret recordings controversies proceeded. Crisis is one of the most overused words in political reportage, but what we witnessed last week was a full-scale, five-alarm crisis in which - crucially - nobody seemed to be in control.

The government and its leadership were just reacting to...

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