Sam Smyth: Winner takes all in tussle for party hearts and minds
Published 17/01/2011 | 05:00
They could charge a premium rate for tickets to witness the showdown between Brian Cowen and Micheal Martin at the Fianna Fail parliamentary party meeting tomorrow.
Although it will be conducted in public through the Fianna Fail version of the Queensbury Rules, in the privacy of the party rooms it could descend to a bare-knuckle brawl where the winner takes all.
Most students of knockabout politics would back a bruiser like Brian Cowen to win any roughhouse contest over the unfailingly polite Martin. Facing into an election where they face oblivion, Mr Martin's touchy-feely manner may coax more voters to put a tick at a Fianna Fail candidate -- and persuade sitting FF TDs to back him.