Gene Kerrigan: Don't blame me, I'm just the Taoiseach
Cowen can't say he's powerless over a huge top-up and then claim credit for the retreat, says Gene Kerrigan
NEXT Friday week is the second anniversary of the election of Brian Cowen to the leadership of this great little nation. Oh, happy day! I trust the fireworks are ready.
Strictly speaking, of course, that's not true. Mr Cowen wasn't elected -- he was appointed. To be more precise, he was anointed. The departing Great Leader, the much missed Lord Bertie of Sterling Deposits, announced well in advance that he wanted Mr Cowen to get the gig.
And the Fianna Fail faithful, committed as ever to the sacred principles of democracy, said with one voice -- "Your wish is our command, Oh Great Leader."