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Gene Kerrigan: Ronnie and Maggie's deluded offspring

The people at the top are stuck in the past, applying solutions that do not work, writes Gene Kerrigan

Published 05/09/2010 | 05:00

WE CIVILIANS often forget that politicians and their media cheerleaders have a different way of measuring success. To them, winning elections is the bottom line.

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In their eyes, nothing can ever truly tarnish the glory of Tony Blair -- sure, didn't he win three general elections on the trot? It's proof of his substance, his strength, his wisdom.

Likewise, Bertie Ahern. Whatever disasters Blair and Ahern had a hand in, they both possess political gold medals -- winning an election, and winning again, and winning again. Blair's legacy may embrace the blood-soaked sands of Iraq, Ahern's the debt-ridden ledgers of Anglo Irish Bank, but their electoral record ensures they're listened to with respect in political and media circles.

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