Sunday 28 May 2017

John Drennan: He's heroic, smart and cunning, so why not bring back Bertie?

Just like in a Greek tragedy, nemesis can be followed by redemption, writes John Drennan

John Drenan

There may be an over-supply of second-hand prime ministers in the political market but after the launch of Tony Blair's autobiography, one "heroic, smart, cunning in the best sense, strong'' figure is ahead of the herd.

The even better news is that 'he' is Irish, serving in the Dail and is most assuredly available for duty. However, before you all start celebrating the arrival of the perfect replacement for the abysmal Brian Cowen there is one problem.

The "heroic, smart, cunning" one Blair was referring to is Bertie Ahern. To date the political story of Bertie, and the Celtic Tiger, has followed the pattern set by all great tragedies.

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