Extreme times call for extreme measures and that’s just what happened this week, when Italian Prime Minister, Mario Monti (“Super Mario”) set up a technocratic cabinet to pull Italy from the jaws of almost certain economic catastrophe. To say it’s a radical move is an understatement. With no politicians on board, his cabinet consists of academics, CEOs, diplomats and business professionals. Some have criticised the move, saying it will be extremely difficult for Monti to pass unpalatable measures to deal with the financial crisis through the Italian parliament. Others have given the appointments a guarded welcome citing the severing of ties with the banks and the independence of cabinet as crucial at a time when Italy’s polarised society needs to pull together.
So, freed from the shackles of party politics and the ever-present barometer of the polls, what would a non-political Irish cabinet look like? Here are my suggestions for just some of the portfolios. Read more