Monday 20 November 2017

Let's wipe smile off comic Kenny's face

Seanad poll is based on a whim from when Enda was battling for political survival

Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

We could do with some light relief. There's a lot of serious stuff happening right now – the abortion debate, unemployment stagnant at horrendous heights, the Government's hounding of the sick and the handicapped, the continued looting of citizens' pockets for the benefit of the elite. We need a comic distraction. And, with the superb timing of a veteran performer, our Taoiseach has arranged a referendum on the abolition of the Seanad.

Should we keep the second chamber, or should we throw it into the dustbin of history? Personally, I think they should turn the referendum into a TV show in the autumn schedules. Each week, senators would prostrate themselves before Marty Whelan and a jury of licence payers. Marty would give each politician a task (such as reciting the Constitution from memory, while dangling upside down under a Liffey bridge), and a jury would throw darts and hot chestnuts at them.

This would add to the gaiety of the nation. It would also raise money for RTE, by allowing the public to text insults at the politicians via premium phonelines. Above all, it would engage the citizenry with the political process with enthusiasm not seen since the Civil War.

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