- Nov 27, 2009
But this already happens every four or five years!Although not a SF supporter , for me one of the joys of them forming a government would be the seismic horror of our senior public service having to deal with ministers who don't know the rules of the game ..........
Yobbo Minister number one - who we have just about house trained - exits stage left as yobbo (or yobbette) Minister number 2 enters from stage right! And the re-education process starts all over again. Most intelligent Ministers very soon learn that, if they refuse to become team players and try to dickwhip their senior officials around, they may well end up in a heap of deep deep manure. (And not every Minister will be lucky enough to be provided with the parachute that Enda provided for Phil Hogan.)
So there wouldn't really be too much of a problem adjusting to handling a Scum Fein Minister, any more than there was adapting to the Green cretins when they strutted in, planning to save the planet - as long as the said individual was tolerably intelligent (although to be honest about it, stupid Ministers can be useful too!) - and that they were part of a stable government.
Think about it - from the CS perspective, Gurry Adams and Mary Lou aren't all that different from Wilie O'Dee and Mary Coughlan - or Shame Ross and Heather Hump!
The main stresses on senior civil servants don't come from pandering to what passes for differing political ideologies in Ireland, rather they comes from trying to provide professional support to a government and a Minister who doesn't know from day to day what the fukc is coming down the tracks! Can you imagine what it must be like being Sec-Gen to the Dept of Justice for example - no wonder the position remained vacant for over two years!
If the people of Ireland decide, in their folly, to elect a Scum Fein government to power, then you can rest assured that they will receive exactly the same level of professional service and support as every previous government has received.