Curtain up for Fine Gael rebels' glee club
The hesitant Reform Alliance could be seen as all showbiz and no substance, writes John Drennan
When the spin doctor in chief, PJ Mara, famously launched the second Bertie Ahern campaign with a quip of "It's showtime, folks", the great doyen of spin was immediately rounded on for his display of honesty.
Ironically, the critique was incorrect on more fronts than the honesty one, for while showtime politics is routinely disparaged in favour of substance, it is no harm for parties to be surrounded by some element of show business.
At a minimum this suggests that they have interesting things to say and there certainly is a shortage of people saying interesting things in Irish politics these days.