Lise Hand: Dodge City is the war cry as Cowen circles wagons
'A DODGE!" fumed Eamon Gilmore. And, by gum, it was Dodge City in the Dail on the first day back after the Christmas holliers. A hail of bullet-shaped soundbites was zinging at full pelt past the head of Sheriff Cowen during leaders' questions -- as the Government went through its well-practised manoeuvre of circling the wagons.
The opposition posse was on the warpath over government proposals for an investigation into the banking crisis. If Fine Gael, Labour and Sinn Fein had their way, the inquiry would be conducted live on TV, YouTube and Twitter. And in 3D.
Alas, the Taoiseach has other ideas. Inspired perhaps by the eight TDs and seven senators who have volunteered for RTE's weight-loss series, 'Operation Transformation', Brian Cowen yesterday unveiled his very own Operation Obfuscation.