There was some guy by the name of Paul Murphy on Liveline today claiming that the title MEP had been bestowed on him by Socialist Party leader Joe Higgins.
An angry caller to the show accused Higgins of gross hypocrisy for doing something he is constantly condemning other political parties for doing – handing out lucrative jobs to his own supporters.
Murphy, whoever he is, defended himself by making the following points:
He would use his position to help the people he represents.
If Higgins didn’t apppoint a successor the Government would appoint one of their own.
On the question of salary and expenses Mr. Murphy, whoever he is, said that if he didn’t take it the EU would. He said that most of the money would go to help his party’s cause.
The angry caller (rightly) said that this defence was beside the point, that all political parties could make the same case.
He suggested that Joe Higgins, if he wanted to remain true to his principles, should have let the job go altogether.
I agree with the angry caller.