Wednesday 13 December 2017

For the politics junkies, this is the darkest day

Illustration by Jim Cogan
Illustration by Jim Cogan
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

It was probably the moment when I saw a reference to Simon Harris as "the white Obama" that I realised these people are very far gone - too far gone, I fear.

Colleagues, apparently, have been calling him that for some time, with some suggestions that Obama is in fact the black Simon Harris.

Compassion, I suppose, is the appropriate response, and doubly so this morning when the whole of the political class is waking up with the terrible realisation that they have no election to go to - that there's no manifesto launch this morning, no "battle bus" to ride, no leaders' body language to be analysed, nothing left to "call", and that it could be anything up to five years until they get another shot of pure, uncut, proportional representation.

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