Sunday 11 December 2016

Challenges ahead for both Howlin and Kelly

Published 21/05/2016 | 02:30

'Whether he sought it or not, Brendan Howlin has been given a coronation and the young pretender, Alan Kelly, has been cast aside for now
'Whether he sought it or not, Brendan Howlin has been given a coronation and the young pretender, Alan Kelly, has been cast aside for now

Whether he sought it or not, Brendan Howlin has been given a coronation and the young pretender, Alan Kelly, has been cast aside for now. In 'Henry V', Shakespeare put it thus: "Nice customs curtsy to great kings."

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Whether such nice customs are best suited to the ultra-democratic Labour Party and its 4,000 members remains to be seen.

History has plenty of examples showing how weak emperors make for challenging envoys; so for this and other reasons, Mr Howlin had better make a powerful impression in the coming weeks in order to prove himself.

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