John Drennan: It's curtains for 2011 but who gets top billing in Dail muppet show?
Dusting off his tux, John Drennan hands out his end-of-year political awards to the good, bad and ugly
History may yet define 2011 as being the year of the democratic revolution... that didn't happen. After his election victory, Taoiseach Enda Kenny dared to suggest that the result of election 2011 represented some Irish equivalent of the collapse of the Berlin wall.
For a time, when the weather was sunny, it might even have felt like that until a war-weary population was told our new Rainbow of (mostly) Grumpy Old Men (and Frances and Joan too) could only offer us four more years of sweat, tears, austerity and appeasement.
Since the initial months, the performance of the Rainbow has increasingly resembled that bathetic scene in Animal Farm where the animals looked at the pigs and the senior civil service mandarins, sorry humans, and found it impossible to differentiate between the two.