Those Are My Principles Etc

The Irish Times – Letters

Fintan O’Toole (Opinion, April 21st) failed to address the issue of why Michael Lowry has been unanimously voted back into Dáil Éireann election after election. His column was insulting to the people of North Tipperary, and was merely armchair mantra for those increasingly few who are positioned comfortably enough socially to adhere to his highly principled social and moral code.

A few thoughts:

  1. Perhaps this means that Fintan O’Toole should be prosecuted for intending to cause outrage among worshippers of Michael Lowry.
  2. If one’s morality depends on how much cash you have in the bank, perhaps Michael Lowry is a minor latter day saint (by which I don’t mean a Mormon).
  3. It would seem, according to this, that poor people should be held to less stringent moral standards than rich people. Personally, I think everyone should be held to the same standards. But I’d certainly be open to experiment with the position proposed here for a brief period. The first thing to do would be to fling open the gates of every prison in the country. But the problem for the correspondent’s position is that Michael Lowry should be held to higher, not lower standards than the rest of us po’ folk.
  4. ADDS: to get voted unanimously back into Dáil Eireann takes some doing. Not even Saddam Hussein was that popular.
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