Monday 11 December 2017

Time for curtain to fall on Brian's slapstick panto

Let Cowen stay in his gilded cage if he wants -- but grant the rest of us just one wish: give us our election now, writes Eamon Delaney

Watching RTE's Frontline debate last week made me want to cry out, like the rest of the public, and say 'bring on the fighting bears'. The feeling grows, with the radio and TV debate on the economy, but it was crystallised with the Frontline debate.

On the panel was Leo Varadkar of Fine Gael and Labour's Pat Rabbitte, who set out their respective stalls with cogency and passion. They differed on public service cuts but were reassuringly similar on the need for a review of the IMF bailout. They are in election mode.

Beside them, was Michael McGrath of Fianna Fail who did a decent enough job of defending the Government. The forthcoming election should not be seen as a mere "coronation of FG and Labour", he said. He's right. It should be a contest. But if that is the case, then let us have it right away. Let us delay no longer -- regardless of what happens to Brian Cowen.

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