That RTÉ documentary on the Minister for Education September 7, 2012Posted by WorldbyStorm in Economy, Irish Politics.
That Ruiri Quinn Ministerial documentary is highly, if probably unintentionally, entertaining. I’ve seen a similar dynamic at work before in relation to government and Ministerial advisers who have had to defend the often indefensible – and the same minimisation of policy implementation such as cuts and so on. The line ‘It’s not like Cromwell…’ had a particular resonance there.
Well no, but ask a parent of a child in a small rural school, or facing cuts in SNAs (as indeed is true of the N.S. my daughter has moved into) what it’s like and it’s no picnic.
Instructive too to hear the same old same old in terms of the perception of – and I paraphrase – ‘no one understands us…’.
Not sure whether it was a triumph of optimism over experience to hear an adviser suggest:
‘Get the first budget right every things easy after that… get the first budget wrong every things difficult after that’.
Only to later hear another say that non-pay items had been cut to the bone in that first budget and it would be a ‘two-pager’ for the next education budget… i.e. nothing was left to cut short of pay. The softening up process continues apace.
Funny moments too, Ciaran Cannon raising the issue of fee-paying schools (natch!). And Quinn’s line, now a little tired at this stage, that:
We’re not in control because of the way Fianna Fáil destroyed the economy.