When Ignorance Meets Arrogance: Alan Shatter
Mr Alan Shatter is a funny guy. Or a very ignorant one. As he is a member of the Irish cabinet, the second hypothesis is far, far more probable.
In the usual attempt of politicians – particularly irish politicians, these days – to make himself beautiful with the Irish masses, chappie goes on record with the following pearls of wisdom:
“As someone who doesn’t frequent confession, I don’t know what information people share in confessions,”
The fact that one doesn’t go to confession is, here, clearly irrelevant. What is relevant is that a politicians who wants to talk about confession is supposed to know what he is talking about. Mr Shatter is blessedly unaware of this. He doesn’t know the 101 of confession. To give some air to his teeth is satisfaction enough. This chaps seems to have come out from an episode of “The Thick of It”.
“I would expect that if there was someone going to confession who was a serial sex abuser, I don’t know how anyone could live with their conscience if they didn’t refer that to the gardai [police].”
This great proof of arrogance – and, again, ignorance – is the direct consequence of what we have seen above: if the chap hasn’t the faintest of what he is talking about, it is conceivable that he might say something so unbelievably stupid as that a priest couldn’t live with his conscience unless he breaks the seal of confession. Seriously, if this man isn’t astonishingly ignorant, he is a cretin with few peers even among Irish politicians.
Not content with this self-inflicted double whammy, chappie goes on to reportedly state
that 1998 legislation that mandates the report of murder, kidnapping, and bank robberies does not have an exemption for priests who hear confessions.
after which the Irish Justice department has to intervene and try to save his face – insofar as humanly possible – making clear the matter be “unclear”.
Mr Shatter therefore proves to be of such stellar ignorance, that he is an embarrassment not only for every intelligent person, but even for his government; of being so arrogant, or so lazy, he doesn’t even consider it fitting to properly inform himself before he exercises his tongue; and so vain, as to have in mind only the headlines he would unavoidably make.
Gosh, this must be an Irish politician.