Gene Kerrigan: Ronnie and Maggie's deluded offspring
The people at the top are stuck in the past, applying solutions that do not work, writes Gene Kerrigan
WE CIVILIANS often forget that politicians and their media cheerleaders have a different way of measuring success. To them, winning elections is the bottom line.
In their eyes, nothing can ever truly tarnish the glory of Tony Blair -- sure, didn't he win three general elections on the trot? It's proof of his substance, his strength, his wisdom.
Likewise, Bertie Ahern. Whatever disasters Blair and Ahern had a hand in, they both possess political gold medals -- winning an election, and winning again, and winning again. Blair's legacy may embrace the blood-soaked sands of Iraq, Ahern's the debt-ridden ledgers of Anglo Irish Bank, but their electoral record ensures they're listened to with respect in political and media circles.