Usual service from men who would be kings
And so in the manner of a Christmas Day wartime soccer game, normal hostilities have been suspended while we all get together for the comfortable affectionate dance that is a general election. Suddenly politicians are able to put aside the awful reality of running a country into the ground, to focus instead on their own reality, that of politicking.
They are promising us a new kind of politics this time. The reality is that a somewhat dull campaign has only been enlivened so far by Enda Kenny's spirited refusal to be a sidekick in Vincent Browne's panto of sighing and haranguing. And then of course there were the isms -- sexism, ageism, and of course the schism between the favoured coalition parties.
Politicians around the country will have been high-fiving last weekend as it emerged the people who have been telling them how to run the country couldn't even get it together to put themselves forward to run the country. Eamon Dunphy, Fintan O'Toole and the other angry middle- aged men of the Democracy Now movement admitted that 'Now' was actually a bit soon for them. They had apparently been caught offside by the allegedly unexpected election.