Monday 16 July 2018

James Downey: Kenny left counting cost of failing to use priceless asset

James Downey

James Downey

'From his own viewpoint, he is probably lucky to have found out quickly how unsuited he was to the political life'

POLITICS is a tough life, said Brian Cowen yesterday in his comment on the George Lee sensation. It was a statement full of unintended irony and paradoxical insights into the careers of both persons.

Brian Cowen never had a tough life until he became Taoiseach. On the contrary, he always had it far too easy. For nearly a quarter of a century he rose effortlessly higher and higher. When he reached the top and found it different from all his previous experiences, the shock almost paralysed his powers of decision and judgment.

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