Curses and Distractions
Bad as the floods are, if I were in government I would welcome them as a distraction from the economy and the Budget. Likewise the glorious controversy over Thierry Henry’s hand-ball.
A certain wag who worked on this newspaper some years back used to have great fun at the expense of aspirants for jobs and promotions that appeared “on the board”. His favourite witticism was to tell one or other of the hopefuls: “Your name is being linked to the job – people are saying ‘Joe Bloggs hasn’t a chance of getting that one’.” Oh the cruelty of it! But it was very funny and the victim usually laughed as well.
Tá Máire réidh! (more…)
Arianna Huffington in her eponymous blog poses a great question in her headline on Obama’s first year in office (see the blog posting here).
“Obama One Year Later,” it reads. “The Audacity of Winning vs. The Timidity of Governing”.
I remember distinctly the moment when the potential of the internet for journalists became clear. I was standing in the newsroom in RTE circa 1996 as a colleague scoped a newly-acquired internet-enabled computer.
He checked out the search engine du jour of the time (altavista) and turned round to me with an excited look on his face.
There was a stark contrast between Dublin Castle last Saturday and the same place in June 2008, when the No side won the first Lisbon referendum. This time the place was like a morgue. Last time, photographers literally almost came to blows trying to take pictures of Gerry Adams and his colleagues in Sinn Féin.
Give us an aul’ smile, Brian (Photo by Alan Betson)
The conventional wisdom now is that the Lisbon Treaty will pass by a respectable margin. The opening of the Nama debate in the Dáil seems to have calmed nerves. Suspense is not good for politics and the fact that we now know the extent of the “haircut” on the loans and the level of long-term economic value has stabilised the situation.
Hope for Cowen after all? (Photo: Brenda Fitzsimons)
Nothing is certain except death and taxes but the polls do suggest that a Fine Gael-led government is a strong possibility if, as many currently expect, a general election is held in the next six or nine months.
Enda Kenny – not everyone’s cup of tea? (Photograph by David Sleator)
Having been out on sick leave for the last number of weeks having a minor operation, blogging was not one of your humble scribe’s priorities. But there was one major event I would like to comment on, even at this late stage.
Coffin of Edward Kennedy leaving Hyannis Port for Boston