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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: April 14, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    Quiet Rhythm of the Rubber Stamp

    Deaglán de Bréadún

    After 14 years in opposition, the Fine Gael and Labour parties are imbued with reforming zeal. One has seen this phenomenon before but the important thing is to get the alterations and improvements in place  before the “system” takes over and the whirr of change is replaced by the quiet rhythm of the rubber stamp.

    • xxxxxxxxxxxxx says:

      Maybe……….anyway, why can’t completed census forms be sealed when they are completed — sort of like the way completed exam papers are sealed (at college) — so that the (local) census enumerators cannot read a citizen’s private information — only the computer and the analysts.

    • Daniel says:

      Change does not whirr, revolutions whirr, change creeps and stamps stifle.

    • paul nealon says:

      sorry to ask but have the politicians, bankers, ECB & other so called pillers of the nation stoped lying yet ? I cant tell the difference anymore. does anybody else feel the same ?

      paul nealom

    • Do you mean “pillars” or “pillagers” :-)

    • toto says:

      They have “change” machines in Tesco stores — definitely not a whirr — more like a rattling and a clattering. My hard drive occasionally makes a whirring noise………..you don’t want to know about the psychotic screeching my washing machine is doing during the spin cycle……….something to do with ball bearings a knowledgeable nosey neighbour tells me……….Zut! I cannot afford a new one at ze moment. It’s all a dream………I’ll wake up in Kansas and FF will be back where they belong………and the cowardly Lion, the heartless Tin Man and the brainless Scarecrow will all be whirrrrled away in a twister from the front benches……….I’m getting mixed up……….anyway, guess which of Dorothy’s friends is the Taoiseach or the Minister for Finance or the Tánaiste or the Minister for Social Welfare…

    • JerryF says:

      What a crock! Why won’t the Taoiseach say whether he asked David Cameron for files on the Dublin-Monaghan bombings?

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