Tuesday 20 February 2018

John Drennan: Chasm between what ministers and voters see

John Drennan

John Drennan

ENDA has certainly used up his quota of two definitive statements per annum early, with his claims on RTE that a promissory note deal would be done and there would be no Cabinet reshuffle until 2014.

It is rare for the Taoiseach to sail so gaily into the future without a safety net, but the Government was in a strange humour last week – and we mean this in a good way – for all the indications are that it has actually returned from the recess in such an emboldened state that trade union leaders were calling Mr Howlin 'Blitzkrieg Brendan'.

It would be a happy miracle were the Grumpy Old Men to reverse the normal pattern of governments which start radically before swiftly declining into a state of cantankerous inertia. For now, though, bittersweet experience means we can only hope that Enda's confidence in the promissory notes deal is not informed by the ideological world view of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, where if you hope sincerely enough, click your heels three times and say, 'There's no place like home,' a deal will appear out of the skies.

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