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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."

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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.

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