Vincent Hogan: Puck-fair politicians don't evoke irish pride
Published 06/06/2011 | 05:00
Is it just me or has the race for the Aras begun to look like a rowdy job-centre queue? There's an almost bottomless hole of people jostling for consideration, all drawn to the big white house by a desire, it seems, to help the poor and needy. And it's touching, of course. Anything that makes the skin crawl surely qualifies as "touching."
But, with so many vocations all being discovered simultaneously, it begs a question -- why not just pop down to the Samaritans and hand out a few bowls of minestrone, if life's injustices are keeping you awake at night? It will eat far less into your busy schedule of TV work, hand-shaking or whatever it is that you ordinarily do for a nice dinner.
Now, let it be said, this column is devoutly apolitical. We wouldn't know a Healy-Rae or Boyd-Barrett from a Zeta-Jones or Bonham-Carter (well, we might get lucky with a guess). In fact, the very idea of a party political dimension to the election of a President seems, to us, a tad unseemly.