À la carte


I left this comment on John Waters’s article in today’s Irish Times, which is titled ‘Politics needs a new force, and Lucinda has the ability and insight to provide it‘. The Lucinda in question is Lucinda Creighton, the former Fine Gael Government Minister who resigned her post over the introduction of abortion legislation, and who is now being widely touted as the spearhead of a new right-wing political party because apparently Capital needs a new right-wing political party in Ireland.

‘If you’d ask me what the most critical political intervention this week was, never mind the last three years, I’d say it was Pope Francis’s Evangelii Gaudium, in which he denounced ‘the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless’ and ‘ ideologies which defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation’.

What with John Waters being the kind of columnist who pays attention to what the Pope says, I’d have half expected him to mention this. Certainly there has been no mention of Lucinda Creighton in the worldwide press. In light of this, isn’t it a bit strange that John Waters should be hailing someone whom he himself describes as an ‘advocate of orthodox laissez-faire economics’ as Ireland’s new political saviour? It’s as if he were some sort of à la carte Catholic.’


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