Tuesday 12 December 2017

The people, the leader and the sun

Taoiseach Enda Kenny Picture: Tom Burke
Taoiseach Enda Kenny Picture: Tom Burke
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

The build up to today's big event has been huge. It began with an announcement on State TV, which was followed up by daily reminders to the people. The people spoke of little else for a whole week. They are generally a hard-working people who are easily pleased, and, quaintly, they still believe what they are told by many of the instruments of the State. So even though they had been lied to before, they didn't question it when they were told it would be sunny on Sunday.

Some dissidents believed it was a ruse to keep people in work all week while it was sunny outside. The people laboured happily, missing the fine weather, because they had heard the magic words that it was staying until the weekend and would get even better on Sunday - 20 degrees was mentioned.

There is only a two in seven chance that good weather would coincide with a weekend, so the people joyfully celebrated this piece of luck. Their moods lightened in anticipation of the fine day, and plans were made. In the past most of the people would have planned to have a few pints as usual but to maybe move their drinking outside.

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