Friday 18 August 2017

'Too bad all the people who know how to run this country are busy on Twitter or playing impromptu acoustic guitar gigs'

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Swords band Kodaline and Glen Hansard perform at Apollo House
Swords band Kodaline and Glen Hansard perform at Apollo House

Ciarán Conlon

'Too bad all the people who know how to run this country are busy driving taxis and cutting hair.'

- George Burns.

This column was meant to be about the year ahead and the challenges and opportunities that lie in store for politics and public policy. But first, a quick diversion to a related matter. Over Christmas, this old one-liner by George Burns kept popping in to my head. The thought kept niggling at me that we could do with updating it for today's Irish audience. Something along the lines of "too bad all the people who know how to run this country are busy on Twitter or playing impromptu acoustic guitar gigs".

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