George Hook – Enda is a dead man walking
Broadcaster George Hook has declared Enda Kenny as a “dead man walking” and endorsed Michael Martin as Ireland’s new Taoiseach.
In an interview with Independent.ie, Hook said the outgoing Taoiseach as “done”.
“Enda Kenny is done, Enda Kenny is finished. No politician in any democracy who has led his party to this defeat, he has grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory.
“Last week on radio I said the only way Fine Gael can win this election was if Enda Kenny resigned last Monday. He’s dead man walking. The only question now for FG is how soon will they do it and who will be the new leader”, he said.
The Newstalk presenter described the current political forecast as “historical” and said he was making the decision, he would make Michael Martin Taoiseach of a Fianna Fail/Fine Gael coalition.
“I think this has been a monumental success for Michael Martin. I think Martin is the leader of the country as we stand. If in some sort of mystical way I was making this decision, I would say Fianna Fail/Fine Gael government led by Micheal Martin. Let’s just bite the bloody bullet and do it and stop the farting around.
“This is a momentous period in history. Suddenly I am faced with the prospect of the grand coalition which to be honest I thought I would be the last man standing opposing it. Now I think it’s probably the only option for that great swathe of centrists. I think the centrists would really want that”.
George also had some thoughts on the continued rise of the Sinn Fein party.
“It appears at least in certain areas of Ireland, Sinn Fein are acceptable. They’re not acceptable in Dun Laoghaire or they’re not acceptable in Cork South Central. But increasingly they are acceptable and I think that’s reasonable.
“If say to the people of Northern Ireland you have to take these people into your government then it’s reasonable that we should take them into our government. I’d have a harder issue with that than Fianna Fail but that’s just personal. That’s really historical and it’s a massive change.”