Ireland’s great dictator shakes his head to a TV debate
Enda Kenny rejects being compared to Mussolini. By the FF number one
Finally, somebody realised that the Taoiseach was talking about the year: 2013. He prays it’s going to be a good one for Mayo, God help them. It’s been an age since the county landed Sam Maguire. “I hope after 62 years that we can have our little emotional moment of success,” he said, with a smile, albeit a wan one. But it was a smile, nonetheless.
This will have pleased the party handler who had written in block capitals on a sheet of paper on the table in front of the Taoiseach: “DON’T FORGET TO SMILE!!”
If Enda is a dictator, he’s a benign one. Smiling is not usually a problem. But when a government wants to convince people that things are getting better, it’s vital to put on that happy face. And spread a little distraction about while you’re at it. Which is where the Cabinet reshuffle comes in. The Taoiseach confirmed he’ll be refurbishing his Cabinet in the future. But it won’t be this year. And it mightn’t even be next year.
“It’ll be at the back-end of this government,” he declared, likening his Ministers to the hindquarters of a pantomime horse.
How he’ll manage to do his reshuffle is anyone’s guess.
They all seemed rather tired. There was a touch of “the Ardilauns” about the place yesterday morning. Some people even remarked that Enda sounded a little hoarse when he did his breakfast-time radio interview, hoping to recapture the uproar that followed a tired Brian Cowen’s infamous Morning Ireland interview three years ago.
However, while he did his usual job of working the bar after dinner, Enda didn’t have a riotous night. He spent most of it pinned into a corner by two people forcefully telling him about the undesirability of wind turbines.
Although it was probably a refreshing change after two years of being pinned into a corner by Peter Mathews pontificating about the banks.
Speaking of which, there was much talk about how they weren’t really missing their estranged political colleagues. And now that they have formed themselves into The Reform Alliance, Fine Gael has started calling its “five-a-side club” of backbenchers who meet regularly to discuss policy issues The Internal Reform Alliance.
IRA for short.
The IRA didn’t turn up for the morning’s political discussion. Which some thought ironic.
The mood in Laois was confident and upbeat, and nobody more so than Enda Kenny.
As he left the conference hall, he turned and smirked to his staff: “Dictators! Hah!”
And they laughed heartily.
Probably afraid not to.