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Led by little people with little minds and little horizons

This is our tragedy -- in extraordinary times, we have been saddled with the most ordinary of leaders, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 28/11/2010 | 05:00

Listening to Irish politicians argue the toss over who should be the next leader of Fianna Fail, or what jobs various opposition spokespersons can expect in the next government, is a bit like overhearing the people who missed out on a lifeboat and were left on deck when the Titanic went down wondering what hotel to stay in once they reach New York.

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Who cares? Seriously, what does any of it matter? The dark water is closing in. Yet the more time passes, the more surreal it's getting.

On the surface, there's a thin skein of seriousness and restraint. Underneath, there's the same lunatic jig of factional party politics going on as familiar names and faces jockey for position in advance of a poll.

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