Friday 9 December 2016

Tantrums from the wannabes are the last thing Kenny needs in a crisis

Published 15/07/2016 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Conor McCabe
Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Conor McCabe

One thing is sure as we observe recent tumultuous events; a life in politics is a cruel trade, not for the faint-hearted. "I'm sure you're glad to be out of all that ... a thankless job" is a comment frequently expressed to me as a former politician.

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I tend to disagree, in the light of my own perhaps charmed experience of serving at a time when the economy was thriving to the extent of full employment. Sadly, the boom led to bust in due course by which time my party had run its course; bearing a share of responsibility for the economic crisis. All politicians, from prime ministers to lowly councillors, prefer to recall achievements over mistakes.

Tony Blair's resolute defence of the Iraq war even after the damning Chilcot verdict is a case in point. Similarly, David Cameron's surprisingly upbeat departure as prime minister this week, defeated in a Brexit referendum he didn't need to call, is another instance of retrospective self-delusion.

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