Tuesday 21 November 2017

Back to the future with Keystone cops Coalition

The new government has learned quickly that the best way to deal with problems is to find someone else to blame, writes Brendan O'Connor

Enda Kenny
Enda Kenny
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

AT times it feels like we woke up from a nightmare, wiped away the cold sweat, relieved and delighted to be back in the daylight, only to have the monsters appear again, as we realise we are actually still in the nightmare. But this time it's worse, because we thought we were out of the woods.

As we read the Wikileaks reports on how -- shock horror -- the last government were regarded as chaotic and paralysed, we were simultaneously reading about our current Government being chaotic and paralysed. So it was a recurring nightmare with some deja vu thrown in for good measure.

The big story of the last few weeks has been the frightening incoherence of this Government. Frightening because we are told we elected Enda Kenny because he was a good manager. Keeping the team together was supposed to be his big thing. We were through with talented and charismatic leaders apparently -- they had served us badly in the past. So we elected a good steady manager type, a committee chair who didn't necessarily have the talent himself but who knew how to manage the talent, a Louis Walsh-style figure if you will. And this justification of Enda Kenny didn't all come from his enemies. This is what Enda's friends, and Enda himself, told us.

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