The land of the Left -- where only laws they like apply
Before the inevitable criticism starts let me be clear on one thing - I voted for Michael D Higgins for President. As much as I may disagree with much of his politics, he was the best of a bad lot.
I don't think I've ever been less enthused when I've entered a polling booth. But I assumed he would be a good First Citizen - and the least likely to embarrass us on the world stage. Even on those issues where I would profoundly disagree with him, he conducts himself with a dignity and reluctance to demonise his opponents that is unfortunately rare on the Left.
Running an election campaign based on a personality and political viewpoint that would then automatically be silenced is one of those absurdities of a job that is about as essential as a parachute on a boat.