Shane Ross: Enda settles for satellite status
Published 04/12/2011 | 05:00
IMAGINE the scene next weekend when Enda Kenny returns from the Brussels summit. One of the most humiliating episodes in Ireland's history will be spun as a triumph.
Neville Chamberlain's return from Munich in 1938 declaring "Peace in our Time" will be in the halfpenny place. Stepping off the government jet, Enda will modestly reveal to a waiting media how he (with the help of Angela Merkel) has saved the euro.
Irish interests will have been "protected"; exports will be safe; the ATMs will work on Monday morning; Europe will have agreed to the same sort of "stability" mechanisms as Ireland had championed; the markets will be tamed. Enda's gang of spinners will paint our eternal imprisonment as the great escape.