Wednesday 22 November 2017

Declan Lynch : There's no competition in this one-horse presidential race

Michael D Higgins, with his innate grandeur, is the only serious contender, writes Declan Lynch

MARTIN McGuinness was standing at the bookie's counter, filling in his docket for a charity bet. He had a guide dog on a leash, a guide puppy to be exact, and indeed the evident desire of the puppy to drag McGuinness away from the counter showed how well they're training them these days -- at the sound of piped racing commentary or perhaps the dreaded line, "they're going in at Crayford", seemingly the dog knows that he and his owner are in a bad place, and responds accordingly.

But this was more than just an opportunity to show us some amusing pictures of the candidate on the Six One News.

In fact, there would never be a better opportunity for the reporters to ask McGuinness a question that went something like this: "Martin, when you entered this campaign you were as low as 2/1 with the bookies. Then you started drifting, to 4/1, then out to 10/1, and out again to 14/1, then you could be backed at 20/1, and the last time we looked you were freely available at 25/1. Why has your campaign imploded, Martin? Where did it all go wrong?"

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