Monday 24 April 2017

Enda and his minority of one

Enda Kenny. Photo: Arthur Carron
Enda Kenny. Photo: Arthur Carron
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

There was an episode of the sitcom Seinfeld where one of the characters, George, was trying to break up with a girl, Maura. But no matter how many different ways he tried to break up with her, she didn't accept his break-up. So he eventually gave in, shrugged his shoulders and continued going out with her.

Enda Kenny is rapidly becoming our Maura. He is not accepting our break-up. Indeed, it seems by sheer force of will, by simply refusing to give up, he continues to be Taoiseach. Enda Kenny is Taoiseach right now mainly because he really, really wants to be. And indeed, he may continue to be Taoiseach purely because he wants to be, and because he refuses to step down, and nobody, even his own party, is quite sure how to get rid of him.

Meanwhile, on Enda goes, blithely trying to get people to join him in Government, refusing to accept anyone's rejection. Even those in his own party who want to get rid of him seem to be somewhat taken aback by this tactic and are unsure what to do, so for now they are playing along.

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