Wednesday 19 June 2019

Don't mention Miriam's dress

Miriam O'Callaghan
Miriam O'Callaghan

Pat Fitzpatrick

We need to talk about Miriam O'Callaghan. There were noises last week that she isn't totally against the notion of running for the job of President in 2018. Apparently, a source close to the RTE star said she is seriously considering standing. There was nothing from Miriam to confirm or deny the story.

So don't be surprised to see her smiling down at you from a lamppost in three years time. We can see her as President. (Who in their right minds would run against her?) Obviously, there would need to be some adjustments. The President's job seems like a six days a week, 50 weeks of the year gig. That should feel like semi-retirement given the hours Miriam puts in over at RTE. Another big adjustment would be to raise all the mirrors around the Aras. Let's just say Miriam would have a few inches on the current incumbent.

But there is a far bigger adjustment that we all have to face. That would be the temptation to comment on her clothes. Miriam likes colour and glitter and glamour. Those are some of the reasons we like her. But anyone who makes a comment on President Miriam's glittering gown at some posh ball is leaving themselves open to the wrath of the feminists. They'll hunt you down like a dog, shouting "you wouldn't say that if she was a male president" faster than you could say "yes, but I've never seen Michael D in a spangly tux - at least not recently." So, if Miriam does decide to climb up the lampposts in a few years time, you can vote for her all you like. Just do us all a favour. Please don't start a massive hoo-ha with the feminists over some loose comments about her frock. That kind of stuff hurts our ears.

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