It is ungracious not to give Enda Kenny his due - but it's a shame he wasn't a reformer
The King is dead, long live the King. Whoever he turns out to be. Not long live the Queen, incidentally. Odd, that not one woman appears to be a viable challenger to replace Enda Kenny as taoiseach and leader of Fine Gael.
It remains a contest to be played out between men. This time, a generational shift has happened and the frontrunners are at the younger approach to middle-age.
Fundamentally, however, the beauty parade is the same as always. The choice continues to be narrow.