Lise Hand: Out with the old and in with Martin's Dolly Mixture dream team
HOW exciting. Having risen magnificently from the opinion-poll ashes like a Cork Phoenix only days after taking on the dubious honour of leading Fianna Fail into what promises to be a torrid (and horrid) election campaign, Micheal Martin yesterday unveiled his Brave New Frontbench to the, eh, waiting world.
Surely his team of spokespersons would be a marvel to behold -- a harmonious choir of fresh-faced Young Turks promoted from the junior officer ranks or plucked from the obscurity of the backbenches.
They surely would be all hungry new recruits willing to quick-march towards the roar of the campaign cannon, rather than ranks of battle-scarred veterans desperate to dodge questions about what exactly they had all been up to in Cabinet for the past decade or so.