Tuesday 21 February 2017

I know we should support England, I really do. But...

Published 14/04/2014 | 02:30

The England football team.
The England football team.
President Michael D Higgins and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during the recent State Visit
A swan in Warwick University in the UK has been accused of only attacking foreign students

Talk about deftly pirouetting past a bunch of landmines and then falling into a ditch.

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When it comes to El Presidente Higgins and his trip to England, we should be grateful that the Galway poet – even writing that phrase chills my blood – proved to be such a good communicator.

Well, when I say "good communicator", he waffled and waxed lyrical with the best of them. At one point I was convinced that he could have said he was going to personally annex the Six Counties and form a soviet with Scotland and nobody would have noticed. Because his hosts smiled benignly and nodded along when he nodded along, all the while wondering just what exactly Little Poet That Could was on about.

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