Rabbitte at Rest

9 Jul

Cunning Hired Knaves

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I listened to the RTÉ interview with Pat Rabbitte yesterday, dealing with his impending retirement as a public representative come the next election. It reminded me of the one and only time I saw Pat Rabbitte. It was in 2012 and I was walking west along Pearse Street. He, along with various other besuited individuals, was standing outside the Institute of Chartered Accountants, with a glossy brochure about the Labour Party. It was one of the party’s centenary events, and a fitting enough venue. Rabbitte was standing with his snout aloft, slightly apart from the others though listening to them talk, as though he smelled adulation on the breeze, or truffles.

Rabbitte gave his smug sententiousness free rein in the interview with Sean O’Rourke. He poured scorn on Syriza’s “magical thinking” and chided O’Rourke, when the latter challenged him on the recent cuts to lone parent payments, as…

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