Thursday 23 November 2017

The Punt: 'Stars in their eyes' - Brussels edition

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Trudeau and I in a little toy shop

Buy a bag of (CE-certified) balloons with the euros we've got

Set them free-trade at the break of dawn

Till one by one they were gone

Back at base, sparks in the software

Flash the message 'Freeland's out there'

Floating in the CETA sky

Ninety-nine red Walloons go by

Panic bells, it's red alert

There's something here from somewhere else

The Junkers machine springs to life

Opens up one eager eye

And focusing it on the sky

The ninety-nine red Walloons go by

Ninety-nine decisions treat

Ninety-nine ministers meet

To worry, worry, super scurry

Paul Magnette out in a hurry

This is what we've waited for

This is it boys, this is war

Five Presidents are on the line

As ninety-nine red Walloons go by

Ninety-nine knights of the bureau

Ride super high-tech lunch accounts

Everyone's a super hero

Everyone's a Donald Tusk

With orders to identify

To clarify and classify

Scrambling the autumn sky

Ninety-nine red Walloons go by

As ninety-nine red Walloons go by...

Next week, Theresa May's Waterloo

You can't bank on politicians

The job of a politician is a precarious one, as Eoghan Murphy found out during the last Dáil term. The now junior finance minister was trying to get a mortgage at the time, but the bank's mortgage advisor thought he might not be in a job long enough to get one.

"I'd say I was a politician," he told the Banking and Payments Federation Conference.

"They'd say but there's going to be an election and you'll probably lose your job. You're Fine Gael, aren't you? You'll definitely lose your job."

Irish Independent

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