Cultural Learnings of Paschal for Make Benefit Glorious Children's Hospital

El Libre

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Addressing the cost fiasco of the National Children's Hospital, Minister Paschal Donohoe declared, 'There are learnings that we will have to address in the future'. Paschal was early in the field with this neologism, stating back in 2009 that something or other went 'completely against all of the learnings on corporate governance'.

We plainer folk just say 'lessons'.
 


sic transit

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Eh what does this title mean? Are you a crossword writer? OP could do with bit more meat and maybe a link to avoid a quick trip to the Zoo.
 

hollandia

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Eh what does this title mean? Are you a crossword writer? OP could do with bit more meat and maybe a link to avoid a quick trip to the Zoo.
Title makes sense to me. In that it's a pastiche of a chinese government apparatchik in the ministry of good news. But yes, no link no stayee...
 

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It seems to be a feature of ministers for finance, who become consumed by their own importance. They develop these quirks like this unusual usage of language. It's almost like an invitation/test to see who else picks them up..

Like Michael Noonan, who started refering to the years as "two twelve, two fourteen" etc. Other self important types like Joe Duffy, started saying it then.
 

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It is just the distancing language of politics. 'learnings that we will have to address in the future' is a neutral way of admitting he and the cabinet got caught for a billion or a billion and a half but don't intend to do anything about it.

Also 'learnings that we will have to address in the future' is his attempt at signalling a line should be drawn without specifying who will be learning the lessons.

'In the fullness of time', 'at the correct juncture' and other old chestnuts are minimally placatory language which mean 'yeah we hear what you are saying but are going to ignore you for the moment.'

Ministers only have to do three years to get full whack ministerial pension. That's why political forms of vaticanese exist.
 

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Anytime a sitting politician refers to the future it is his or her way of saying they intend to do nothing about the current issue.
 

james toney

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Maybe Fine Gael are going to get the nurses and midwives to finish off the building of the National Childrens Hospital.
 
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Nah, they’re all off work due to anxiety caused by their smear tests.
 


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