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Pat response to political loyalty

Turncoat Cox has eye on presidency, says Eilis O'Hanlon

Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 12/06/2011 | 05:00

Pat Cox has adopted more positions in his life than the most enthusiastic devotee of the Kama Sutra. The former president of the European Parliament started out as a member of Fianna Fail. He switched to the Progressive Democrats. Then he became an independent. Now it seems that he's applied to join Fine Gael. The man is to political consistency what Ryan Giggs is to marital fidelity.

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The reason he wants to join Fine Gael, of course, is so that he can become the party's candidate in the forthcoming presidential elections.

We'll know in due course whether or not the Blueshirts' National Executive Committee have lost all their marbles by inviting on board a member of the ultra-federalist Spinelli Group at a time when most Irish citizens are about as keen on closer European integration as a cow is fond of the abattoir.

Surely we've got enough pro-EU zealots beating us up in Brussels without putting another one in the Aras as well?

At least he'll never change his name to Padraig Mac an Choiligh, wrap himself in the tricolour, don a balaclava and go knocking on Sinn Fein's door (with a baseball bat, to reassure them that you're their kinda guy) in search of a nomination.

But if the tryst with Enda doesn't work out Pat could always go full circle and return to the Soldiers of Destiny, pointing out that, no matter how stupid the idea of backing him, it couldn't be any more ridiculous than nominating Bertie Ahern.

By the way, has anyone noticed that Pat Cox's name is an anagram of Tax Cop? Like we didn't have enough reasons not to vote for him already ...

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