Firstly, it highlighted the huge potential for abuse of power by a Government or an individual minister.
The proposed distribution of up to 12,000 civil and public servants to the four corners of the country must surely rank as one of the most glaring examples of opportunistic political patronage since the foundation of the State.

Not only are the vast majority of these posts going to locations which do not feature as gateways or hubs in the same Government’s much heralded 2002 national spatial strategy, but the resistance of the majority of existing job-holders to follow their jobs must surely result in a huge loss of experience and expertise.