John Drennan: Coalition's modest proposals have left us all a little underwhelmed
The Rainbow must reform a State that's drowning under the weight of self-interest, says John Drennan
So will it be the case that the visit of the Queen and Obama will end up resembling the sort of Irish summer where one week of sunshine is followed by three months of hailstones?
As the afterglow began to fade, even before the Rainbow declared war on the nations hairdressers and chambermaids, some were quick to slip into the pleasantly familiar cynical old slippers as they muttered about how the visits were nothing more than a spin doctor's device where the US president had been told to go visit Paddy, because 'he'll cheer for anything'.
In fairness, after the last three years of kicks, a pat, even if patronisingly given, was nice for a country that increasingly brings Flann O'Brien's description of the man with a boil on his neck, who was going around with his head bent so low 'his snot was hitting the pavement', to mind.