Saturday 21 April 2018

John Drennan: How 'Bertie Lite' Enda is our perfect cheerleader

The 'accidental' Taoiseach's weaknesses are actually hidden strengths, writes John Drennan

The measure of how swiftly things change in politics was captured by the respective performances of Enda Kenny and Richard Bruton at the Government's Jobs Initiative launch.

This might have been the gig of Richard 'Who?' but as Bruton faded into the wallpaper like an Irish John Major, Fine Gael's new sun king dominated proceedings.

Few would have expected, even at the wake that followed the aborted coup of the aristocrats, that Bruton would evolve into the ghostly version of William Hughes Mearns' famous "little man who wasn't there". But, even for his own misguided supporters, the dilettante don has evolved into a case of "Yesterday upon a stair, I met a man who wasn't there, He wasn't there again today, I wish, I wish he'd go away".

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