The increasingly impressive President Higgins… February 25, 2012Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Now maybe this is all optics. But I’ve got to be honest, I’m glad there’s a President in the Aras who is speaking the way he is.
And in fairness, other than Norris – at a push, and perhaps McGuinness – at another and even greater push, is there a snowball’s chance in hell that we’d have had a President who might be rocking the boat from the alternatives drawn from the other candidates?
Speaking after delivering an address at the London School of Economics on Tuesday night, Mr Higgins gave a detailed account of the steps he would take if the Government decided not to hold a referendum on the treaty.
“My consideration is as to whether there is an issue of constitutional significance raised,” said Mr Higgins, adding that if there was, he would call a meeting of the Council of State.
This is bad, according to the orthodoxy because:
The primary concern is that Mr Higgins chose to comment publicly on his options relating to the fiscal compact treaty before the Government had even received the opinion of the Attorney General on the issue.
Well tough. The President’s job is not entirely bound by the opinions of the AG, whoever he or she may be at any given time. His function is, as he stated, to consider whether there’s an issue of constitutional significance.
And what of this?
There were also some raised eyebrows in the Labour Party at the President expressing opposition to privatisation in the week that the Government decided to sell off stakes in State companies worth €3 billion.
Good for him – his track record in the LP is far from ignoble. And so what if the Government and Ministers are ‘alarmed’ as the Irish Times puts it? They didn’t vote for him. 40 per cent of those who voted in this state did.
I’m more optimistic about this than I would have been only a few days ago.