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Medb Ruane: Should I stay or should I go? The Clash's words of wisdom for Cowen

Published 27/11/2010 | 05:00

The Clash do a great song about uncertainty. You might know it. "Should I stay or should I go?" Mick Jones sings. "If I go there will be trouble. And if I stay it will be double."

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It blared from a car radio while the world was waiting for Brian Cowen to announce his resignation on Monday evening. But he didn't. Trouble, we knew about. Now we were looking at double.

The Clash's lyrics were personal. Mick Jones was about to be booted out of the band, but he won a pyrrhic victory because the track made history as their only Number One. Will Cowen achieve as much?

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