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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: December 1, 2008 @ 1:46 pm

    They friggin’ love ya, Brian

    Deaglán de Bréadún

     Who would want to be Taoiseach at this time?There have always been doubts as to whether Brian Cowen really wanted the job. Given the state of the economy, he must be having the occasional doubt himself.

     Herewith extracts from three columnists in the Sunday papers. None of them would be seen as having an anti-Cowen agenda.

    Is it the case that Cowen really is performing badly or would anyone be in the soup with public opinion under present circumstances? The most wounding  is probably John Drennan’s comment that Cowen is so bad, he makes even Enda Kenny look good.  

    Tom McGurk: How strange to think that, if most of us had been asked just a year ago who would be the right man at the helm in this type of crisis, we would have picked Cowen.

    He needs to get a grip and he needs to start with the people around the cabinet table.He also needs to convince us that he actually wants the job. (Sunday Business Post)

    Alison O’Connor: Following this performance (Fás chief Rody Molloy on the Pat Kenny radio show) came Taoiseach Brian Cowen’s comments that he had found Molloy to be an excellent public servant. Then there were Cowen’s subsequent congratulations to the man for walking the plank, saying it showed the confidence in him was justified. Loyalty is indeed admirable, but as Taoiseach, you have to show judgment, a regard for public opinion and a certain ruthlessness when the situation calls for it.

    These days you’ve to join the queue to take a crack at Cowen. No matter how much he thinks the media loves a negative story, it is really getting tedious. It’s just one bad hair day after another. (Sunday Business Post)

    John Drennan: Everything you do is failing so badly that now FG, even with Enda, looks like a better option . . .
    And still, amazingly even in the midst of all this debris, you squeal for respect.
    If you want that, the kindest thing a regime, which is more discredited than that of George Bush, could do to themselves and us is to just go.
    Be brave Brian, try for your own mandate and if you’re scattered to the four winds, be consoled by the fact that at least you will no longer do any more damage. (Sunday Independent)

    What did Napoleon say about wanting lucky generals?  

    Deaglán de Bréadún


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