Friday 9 December 2016

Wading into the hidden shallows of Enda

Published 06/11/2016 | 02:30

Cartoon by Jim Cogan
Cartoon by Jim Cogan

In the first part of Pat Leahy's documentary on Enda Kenny, Enda: Last Man Standing, the narrator could be seen in some seaside carnival setting, telling his story against the dizzying backdrop of the hurdy-gurdies.

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And since there is no known connection between Enda and the old travelling shows, we took this to be an atmospheric device, a way of enlivening all these images of Fine Gael with scenes of something that looks vaguely like fun.

But then we could interpret it as a form of political analysis in itself, a subliminal statement of some of the best-loved lines in the Leinster House lexicon: "It's a case of swings and roundabouts." Or perhaps the classic: "One spin on the merry-go-round."

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