Saturday 16 December 2017

Gene Kerrigan: We need Higgins to 'go mad' in the Aras

The new President won't be a puppet on a string like the rest of our elected leaders, writes Gene Kerrigan

It's now almost 20 years since Dessie O'Malley warned that Michael D Higgins would "go mad" if the Labour Party was allowed into government. (Some of you younger folk won't have heard of Dessie, but we'll explain in a moment). Dessie claimed that the left-wing nutcase Higgins would go wild and destroy the country, if given a whiff of ministerial power.

Today, as Higgins prepares to take on the job of President, this country badly needs him to go mad. After last week, the extent of the country's brokenness -- not just economically but politically -- has become starkly apparent. Likewise the extent of the EU leadership's shabby fumbling.

Michael D is a good man, but it would be foolish to expect him to do much about this disaster, locked into a ceremonial role. It might, however, be productive if he decided to lose the run of himself.

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