Wednesday 13 December 2017

Ian O'Doherty: Oh cynicism, thy name is Taoiseach

Professional cynic: Guffmaster supreme Enda Kenny
Professional cynic: Guffmaster supreme Enda Kenny

Scepticism, the refusal to blindly believe something without evidence is, obviously, a good thing.

Cynicism, on the other hand, is simply a reflexive habit that automatically assumes the worst in people, and figures that they'll swallow any old bilge as long as you wrap it in a pretty ribbon that appeals to the rabble.

And, in Enda Kenny's words last week about a United Ireland football team, he may have come out with the most self-servingly cynical statement he has made to date. And, I'm sure you'll agree, that's some achievement.

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