GAVIN SHERIDAN is back with a note about the mainstream televised appearance of Bertie Ahern. The appearance arose on the heels of disclosures concerning the Taoiseach's "debts of honour" which is kinda like "Ah, sure, Bertie, get your hands out of your pockets! This round's on us!"
I once thought that the most defensible reason to compensate politicians above the level of equivalent senior managers was to ensure they could walk away from donations and generous constituents. Now I wonder how nationally elected politicians can justify the occasional top-up from their "friends" while continuining to draw down on generous salaries, expense accounts and secure pension benefits.
Gavin Sheridan -- "Back for a note"