Wednesday 21 February 2018

Kenny facing biggest call of political career

Cartoon by Ken Lee
Cartoon by Ken Lee
John Downing

John Downing

If we could rely more on the long-range weather forecast it would be a help. I mean, what if there is a repeat of the prolonged cold snaps of 2009 and 2010? Add something joyous, like the winter vomiting bug and a bigger hospital trolley crisis, and you have complications you do not need as you go pounding the election beat.

A would-be Taoiseach could be fighting about the lack of salt on the side roads and some rather inglorious hospital scenes. It's not really where you want to be. Election 2015 with Enda Kenny as 'An tAire Sneachta'.

Things which could, at other times, be deemed minor enough take on a great deal more significance when you're left to call a general election. The timing is one of the few decisions entirely in the hands of Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

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