Enda, you’re the Taoiseach, aren’t you?
28 October, 2016
Here’s yet another example of an Irish politician “calling for” something to happen, as if somebody else is actually in charge of running the country.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has called for a national conversation on the exposure of young people to pornography.
Mr Kenny said he has serious concerns young people were being tainted and corrupted by an avalanche of pornography.
“It’s always important that we should have a national conversation about what is important for our children – what is, and should be, a priority for our children when they’re growing up, and when they grow up.
Last time I checked, Enda was the Taoiseach. Has he no views on the matter? If he doesn’t like the way the country deals with pornography, then do something about it. Irish politicians are ridiculously scared of being seen to have an actual policy on something, in case a few votes are lost back in the constituency. Other commentators have picked up on this.
Contrast this waffle with the way things are done in the UK. You may agree or disagree with the policy, but at least the politicians in power have particular views on things, and are not afraid of taking action.
Mr Cameron launched an opt-in system for pornography in 2013, meaning users had to tell their internet providers that they wanted access to adult material. The filter also blocks websites advocating self-harm and anorexia.
After concerted pressure from Downing Street, this year, Sky, BT and TalkTalk imposed automatic filters unless customers asked them to be turned off.
This is but a single example of this infuriating tendency. Enda should lead from the front, or get off the stage.