Wednesday 24 January 2018

Defeat may be honourable - but being fooled is plain foolish

Voters are wondering if Kenny and Noonan were being shafted by the Germans all along, writes John Drennan

IT is always bad in politics when the voters think you are mendacious. But it is far worse when, instead of thinking that you have been guilty of 'practising to deceive', the electorate start to wonder if instead you are a bit of a fool.

Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan may be snared up in a particularly 'tangled web' after Angela Merkel appeared to up-end Enda's "good solid progress" line last week. But few will believe they were attempting to deceive when Mr Kenny talked up July's "seismic" deal on bank debt.

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