Politically expedient, cynical pretend reform

I spoke on the Oireachtas (Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices) (Amendment) Bill which the Government is calling an “ambitious programme of Government reform to deliver fundamental change in democratic and public governance in Ireland.” I’m calling it a sop.

It’s politically expedient, cynical pretend reform. It will still see almost €16m in state funding paid mostly to political parties. It’ll also see Fine Gael and Labour trouser €2.2 million over the course of this Dáil for TDs who have left or been kicked out of their parties. Easy Money, if you can get it.