Reasons why Cowen should resign (Part 1 of 37)
28 March, 2010
Here are the first 10 reasons that spring to mind, without expending any great mental effort. If I tried harder it would be a really long list.
- He puts the interests of Fianna Fáil before the national interest
- He lacks the ability to inspire
- He is fatally implicated in our financial mess, having been Minister for Finance during the years when the economy was destroyed
- Two words: Mary Coughlan
- He is too cautious when radical measures are needed (cabinet “reshuffle” being an example)
- Appalling judgement. Example: defending John O’Donoghue long past the point where it made sense
- Somebody who failed to see what was wrong with Willie O’Dea’s behaviour is not fit to be Taoiseach
- Last year’s threatened cave-in to the public service unions when he considered an unpaid leave proposal in lieu of a pay cut.
- And the actual (and incredibly damaging) cave-in to senior civil servants when he sanctioned the reversal of most of their pay cut.
- Drink. I don’t know if he does drink as much as the rumour-mill would have it, but sometimes the perception is the reality. It’s now too late to recover lost ground on this one: the damage is done.