Prescient political commentary from Westlife
In case you missed this vital economic analysis, the multi-millionaires Westlife on Saturday called for Irish “positivity”, despite the looming multi-billion bailout and mooted slashing of social welfare, the minimum wage and front line services.
“The international media and even the homegrown media sometimes say everything is down and gloomy,” Nicky Byrne told the BBC’s World Service. “But there is a lot of positivity still in Ireland. Irish people as a whole are good people. We’ve done it before and we’ll do it again,” he opined.
The ability to be upbeat in the face of adversity is certainly a quality that’s bound to come in handy during Westlife’s continuing round of album promotion media appearances. Last night, the boy/man band’s single Safe made its debut in the official UK charts at number 10 – crushed, in other words, by the popularity of their personal IMF bogeymen, JLS. Never mind, eh, lads. They can’t all go to number one. Although there was a time when they did, wasn’t there?
But though it seemed yesterday that for the rest of us – to paraphrase Byrne’s father-in-law, Bertie Ahern – the doom was getting doomier, it turns out that Westlife were right, but just two days early. With the Greens greenlighting an imminent general election, soon the nation’s canvassers will be stocking up on cable-knits, Yeti hats and legwarmers as they “try and dig deep and fix” whatever political patches are still fixable. Meanwhile, rumours that Westlife are releasing a remix entitled (Your Deposits Are) Safe (Bailout Version) could not be confirmed at the time of posting.