Declan Lynch: There is a lot to be said for nothingness
Kenny's absence is simply preparation for what it is to come under his leadership, writes Declan Lynch
Published 13/02/2011 | 05:00
The decision of Enda Kenny not to participate in the TV3 leaders' debate may have revealed a certain lack of raw courage, but it had something going for it.
If nothing else, it was unusual. You could even say it was a bit original. The politics junkies might describe it as "thinking outside the box", while the rest of us would simply describe it as "thinking" -- a rare enough thing in itself, outside the box, or indeed inside the box.
Which may explain why the junkies couldn't make up their minds about it, sounding a bit lost as they searched for the perfect cliche that could define it for them. And Kenny's absence also showed quite a subtle understanding of the public mood -- after the Taoiseach we've just had, most of us believe that even if we have no Taoiseach at all it is bound to be a significant improvement.