Matt Cooper: is the cabinet fit for purpose?
Enda Kenny’s main criterion for his choice of ministers seems to have been the ability to get through press conferences without saying anything catastrophic
So many things get discussed whenever a new cabinet is appointed – gender, geography, promotion, demotion, experience, inexperience, loyalty to the leader, even religious background or sexual preference, to name but a few – but rarely do we get a debate over arguably the most important of all criteria for a ministerial appointment: capability.
Have a look at the identities of those appointed to cabinet in our new government, and apply the capability test. Imagine...
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