When Minister for Tourism Mary Hanafin talks about meeting the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) to discuss the management and disposal of hotels that have been acquired by way of bad bank loans, alarms should blare.
Any political interference in the management of these assets by Nama will destroy public confidence in the agency and fuel suspicion that political cronyism is at work.
Editorials like this will become very common over the coming decades as political cronyism eats away at the fleshier elements of NAMAs treasury.
There will be a long line of politicians, from every party, carrying out smash and grab raids on NAMA to enrich themselves and their friends.
This will happen because, despite the destruction of our country by a corrupt body politic, that corrupt system is still fully in place.
Corruption, financial and political, is the putrid bog on which our country operates and nothing substantial will change until those who support and benefit from it are removed from office.