Political buffoonery allied to small-minded gombeenism? Donald Trump and the Irish government and are made for each other
Two years ago, Donald Trump's visit to his newly-acquired Doonbeg resort in Co Clare saw one of the most embarrassing episodes of Enda Kenny's leadership of the country. The minister for finance, a mini-Riverdance ensemble and a giant red carpet were rolled out to greet the arrival of The Donald.
Yes, he had promised to invest in the area and protect a couple of hundred jobs which had been at risk.
However, even then there was a stench about Trump that made such brown-nosing particularly unappetising. These were suspicions that were only to be confirmed.