Thursday 18 January 2018

Bertie's 'good-for-nothing' jibe is far from scandalous

We're all suffering from excessive timidity if that's the worst that can be said, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Silvio Berlusconi was secretly taped on the telephone in July describing his native Italy as a "shitty country" that "sickened" him and vowing to get out at the first opportunity. Now that's a proper outburst.

Bertie Ahern describing a few grassroots Fianna Fail members as "useless good-for-nothings", by contrast, doesn't really cut the mustard. Seriously, is this the best we have to satisfy our appetite for political scandal?

Not that you'd have known it to read the headlines last week, which made it appear as if the former Taoiseach had been struck down by some dramatic strain of foot-in-mouth disease, simply for speaking in less than flattering terms to a TV3 documentary crew about the members of one particular cumann in Dublin 20 or 30 years ago.

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