Thursday 14 December 2017

Autocratic Enda is now a sphinx without a riddle

The Taoiseach's credibility is on the rack as friends and foe are equally puzzled by his erratic performances, writes John Drennan

24/07/14 The Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD pictured at the press conference to publish the Action Plan for Jobs Tenth Quarterly Progress Report at the Italian Room, Government Buildings, Merrion Street, Dublin this afternoon.. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
24/07/14 The Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD pictured at the press conference to publish the Action Plan for Jobs Tenth Quarterly Progress Report at the Italian Room, Government Buildings, Merrion Street, Dublin this afternoon.. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

When Bismarck coined his fabulously dismissive 'sphinx without a riddle' comment about the grandiose but fatally unfocused French Emperor Napoleon III, he would not have known the phrase would last so long that it would later be applied to David Cameron.

The bad news for Enda Kenny, who would normally be delighted to be compared with the youthful Mr Cameron, is that our 'Dear Leader' appears to be acquiring many of the same attributes.

If you are wondering, the origin of the phrase comes from the myth where the sphinx derived its power from its riddle which passers-by had to solve on pain of immediate death if they failed.

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