Tuesday 19 September 2017

The lessons of Enda's 'Prime Time' car crash

All we learnt from Enda's big set-piece interview is that he shouldn't do TV

Illustration by Tom Halliday
Illustration by Tom Halliday
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

You can see what the logic might have been in letting Enda Kenny loose on Prime Time. He is supposed to be the leader of the country, so he has to be seen to be able to sit down and talk about politics now and then. Most people in Ireland would run rings around you in a discussion about politics, so it is reasonable for us to expect that the Taoiseach should be able to do so, given that talking, and indeed politics, should be two of his specialist areas.

It has also presumably become clear to Enda and his handlers that he will not win that much-coveted second term if he isn't able to go on radio and TV and mix it up with mere mortals.

So, having tried Enda out on the radio a couple of times recently with no major disasters, Enda and his people clearly got cocky and decided he was ready for a big set-piece TV interview. A whole 20 minutes or so.

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