Ruth Dudley Edwards: Ain't nothing like an internecine war to liven things up
The faction fighting and personality clashes make this a fascinating campaign, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards
IWOKE to the BBC's Today programme on Friday to hear Brian Lenihan being interviewed respectfully by Stephanie Flanders, the BBC Economics Editor who usually consumes her politicians lightly poached.
The perception among the political and commenting classes in London is that the Irish Government has had the guts to deal with the economic crisis in a way that should be an example to every other debt-ridden country. So that's something to reflect on complacently. However bad things seem, outside Ireland we look pretty damned impressive compared to the Greeks.
The UK General Election happens on May 6, a choice of date by Prime Minister Gordon Brown which has caused some amusement because it is Tony Blair's birthday. Prime ministers and finance ministers rarely get on well for long, for the one wants to spend and the other has control of the national wallet, but what went on in Downing Street between Blair and Brown for 10 years, until Blair was driven out, was extraordinary.