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For big jobs, add another 'G' to those of gender and geography

John Downing


   

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After a by-election count in the south of the country some years ago, I happily accepted an invitation from the victors' camp to repair for a few convivial libations. It was already old news that we had a new TD - so all the bar talk was about who was going to fall in for the resultant vacant council seat.

That's an important aspect of politics for you: where there's a win, there's a vacancy. So, while we are not yet over the line with party members' approval, and all eyes are on those "pesky Greens", we are in an advanced state of talking about wicked big jobs.

No harm there in my view. Many of us find our paths to politics via character politicians and, since the dawn of time, without personalities politics would be dull.