If it worked for Bertie…
Fianna Fail have recently started doing these video diaries, showcasing the musings of Brian Cowen on the economy, Europe…. and Ireland’s chances against France in Croke Park on Saturday night.
What’s a little weird about this is that everything – the language, his disposition, the imagery, the wood-panels, the flags - screams that he is tackling a heavy-duty subject, an urgent business of State.
But he’s talking about Trap and the boys and their chances.
You’d kind of think that he’d relax a little, loosen the tie, sit in an armchair, and affect a slightly less formal air.
You have to hand it to The Bert. He did that well.
Still there’s a couple of good lines. And isn’t sport a metaphor for everything even flakedpout Governments that are crawling desperately in the hope of reaching a destination called The End of the Year.
Here are a couple of choice samples that, we think, refer to the Irish football team.
They are used to “providing stiff opposition to anybody who comes to Dublin”.
“Sport can play a good part in lifting the moral of a country.”
“It’s great to see the fact that we are in there competing”.
“I think that we can be hopeful”.
I hope the last one refers to the country, because in my opinion the football team doesn’t stand a chance!
Here is the new video posted by FF on its site. It looks exactly the same (shot at the same time) but Cowen is talking about the pre-Budget outlook.