Tuesday 6 December 2016

The land of the Left -- where only laws they like apply

Published 22/01/2014 | 02:30

Having their cake and eating it: President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina must decide whether the office of president is neutral or not. Photo by Gareth Chaney
Having their cake and eating it: President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina must decide whether the office of president is neutral or not. Photo by Gareth Chaney
Axe about to fall: Nicolas Anelka has finally been charged by the FA over his ‘quenelle’ gesture. Photo by Getty

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.

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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.

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