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Saturday 30 August 2014

John Drennan: The Grim Reaper waits for Gilmore

John Drennan

Published 24/05/2014 | 09:40

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'The Grim Reaper '
'The Grim Reaper '

IF EAMON Gilmore ever knew how Michael Noonan felt on the morning of election vote 2002 he does now.

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The Grim Reaper is waiting for Mr Gilmore and he is tapping his foot.

The Reaper is a busy man for he is having a serious look at the Coalition that was supposed to last for a thousand years.

We had already moved well past the end of the beginning for the great government of national unity we elected in 2011.

But, is the beginning of the end approaching far more swiftly than we would have ever thought?

From the start this is an administration that has always had a great welcome for itself despite its real status as a creature of the absence of anything much better to elect.

After today though the tectonic plates of the political landscape are moving in a manner which is increasingly different to control.

Within the Coalition a great fault line is opening up between a FG party that despite the occasional bout of internal flapping is basically at ease with its place in the world and the Bash St Kids of Labour.

They have been losing faith in their Mrs Doubtfire of a leader for some time now and faith is thin enough in Joan.

But after this week Labour is the equivalent of a headless chicken driving a school bus on the motorway.

No good can come out of their state of panic and as is often the case the relatively guilt free bystanders of FG could be the biggest casualties.

So what can Labour to do to win back an electorate that are as capriciously cruel and as fond of presents as Queenie in Blackadder.

Well if they are to have any hope of survival lopping off the heads of the Grumpy Old Men is a set of gifts that will only appease Queenie for a week.

After that their only chance of survival is to create the circumstances where they can go to the country in 2016 on We kept our promises ticket.

Promises bring FF to mind but in truth their hold on the public interest is redolent of the famous Muppet Show sketch where Fozzy Bear bounds on to the stage going ‘Hi, Hi, Hi’ is met by a chorus of boos and bounds straight off going ‘Bye, Bye, Bye’.

Today FF’s votes have gone Bye, Bye, Bye to the toxic Rainbow of the Independents and SF.

Whatever about the former, Leo Varadkar presciently – and perhaps hopefully – summarized their status with the observation that the next election would be between Sinn Fein and Fine Gael.

What FG’s enfant terrible didn’t add was that a certain tradition has grown up in Irish politics where the parties that oppose each-other most viciously before the election go into Coalition once the dust is settled.

Imagine it now; Enda and Gerry shaking hands with the Queen in 2016 whilst poor Mrs Doubtfire is left to play the role of Buttons.

Doesn’t that make your weekend feel better already? 

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