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Published 26/02/2012 | 05:00

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

The story of this Government is very much Enda's story. There are other dramatis personae but, like the president in America, the portrait of a Taoiseach that emerges in power defines the nature of the canvas on which the rest of the government operates.

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Brian Cowen, for example, had many effective, bright ministers but the black hole of Biffo's personal despair simply sucked the marrow from their bones.

Unlike the Gothic darkness of Brian Cowen's political tableau, Enda Kenny is more a creature of pastel. He is an impressionistic presence, a mosaic of light whose defining political characteristic is one of ambivalence. This is not necessarily harmful in politics for as Enda Kenny's doppelganger, that sociable loner Bertie Ahern, realised all too effectively, ambivalence can buy you time and space and this is a Taoiseach and a country that needs plenty of both.

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