Sunday 26 February 2017

Gene Kerrigan: How many effs in 'ineffectual', boss?

Enda and Eamon's planned 'convention' will ensure no citizen manages to push through genuine reform, writes Gene Kerrigan

Politics is about people. Whenever we hear a politician utter this meaningless sentence we know we're in the presence of horse manure. It's the kind of content-free drivel politicians deliver when, a) they have nothing to say; but b) they need to convince us that they have something meaningful to say.



Take Selina Meyer, for instance. She's the vice president in Veep, the satirical HBO series about American politics. Meyer is as vacuous as she is ambitious. When the writers want to sum up her character they have her lean towards a microphone and say, in tones of impeccably fake sincerity: "Politics is about people."

And so, last week when Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore joined forces to write an article for the Irish Times, their opening sentence was inevitable.

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