Friday 15 December 2017

Radio review: Angry growls on never ever crossing roads

George Hook
George Hook

Eilis O'Hanlon

Talk about Daniel entering the lion's den. Irish Times columnist John Waters turned up on Monday's The Right Hook to discuss Fianna Fail's continuing political resurgence with a man who would be disappointed if he wasn't called a Blueshirt at least once a day.

Waters is from a Fine Gael family, but he crossed the road to see what it was like on the other side. George is also from an FG family -- but growled emphatically: "I've never crossed the road." He wasn't tempted by Waters telling him FFers were more fun.

It was a good tussle, because Hook rises to the challenge when faced with his diametric opposites. Look at how well he handles the weekly exchanges with right wing US talk radio host Michael Graham, who pushes so many of George's buttons that he makes most other controversialists look like wishy washy consensualists by comparison. Here the focus was on John Waters' theory that the window of opportunity for a new political force which existed after the economic crash is now closing, and that the FF/FG politics of old, having survived the storm, is reasserting itself.

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