Saturday 16 December 2017

Brian swerves on collegial chinwag

Lise Hand

Lise Hand

THE Taoiseach can protest and deny it until the cows come home, are milked and tucked up snugly in their sheds for the night but his now-fervent embrace of the concept of consensus does feel like, if not a total U-turn, then, at least, an almighty swerve from his usual path of most resistance.

No longer is the Government telling the opposition parties to sling their hook when they start up their yearly clamour to have a gander at the pre-Budget figures.

Instead Brian Cowen is now running full-pelt with the ball which was first hopped by John Gormley, and has invited Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore over to his place for a collegial chinwag on the economic state o'chassis, where the two lads will be shown numbers and given answers to beat the band.

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