Fintan O’Toole: Fine Gael’s virtuous self-image is at odds with reality

Party’s self-perception as the paragon of propriety actually encourages bad behaviour

Members of the Fine Gael parliamentary party and candidates at party’s think-in. Photograph: Fine Gael

Members of the Fine Gael parliamentary party and candidates at party’s think-in. Photograph: Fine Gael

Billy Connolly said that the problem with the Scots is not that they package goods with pictures of men in kilts striding through the heather. It’s that they buy them themselves.

The problem with Fine Gaelers is not that they makes sententious claims about their own exceptional probity. It’s that they buy them themselves. They genuinely mistake their own sanctimony for saintliness.

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