Friday 17 August 2018

Won't somebody think of the goats?

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Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

Just when we thought we had changed, that we lived in a new sophisticated country, where you could even have a civilised conversation about abortion, along came John Waters. FOATTUM is gaining currency as the new insult du jour.

It was how John ended his abortion discussion with Eamon Dunphy last week. "F**k Off and talk to Una Mullally" (as it has become known, even though he actually said "Talk to Una Mullally, F**k Off") is a phrase that can be applied to any situation in life, and it injected some much-needed madness into the whole referendum campaign.

Although, in fairness that had started last Monday night, when Claire Byrne conducted the first proper abortion debate. Of course, some people looked down their noses at that debate, especially the Yes side, when they realised they'd lost. But if anything, in the way it combined the best of Winning Streak, Up for the Match and The Late Late Show circa 1983, it was the first bit of real honesty in the campaign. And the public loved it.

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