Monday 18 December 2017

History will be kind to Kenny but the future won't be - unless he walks now with his reputation intact

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Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

Who is Fine Gael's Albert Reynolds? Who will be its Ken Clarke? Reynolds and Clarke were very different political characters in different countries. They did though have one thing in common. While others waffled and prevaricated, they respectively told the leader who appointed them to cabinet that it was time to go.

Reynolds did so by challenging Charles Haughey for the leadership, spending a few months in exile before CJH ultimately fell on his sword.

Clarke went to Margaret Thatcher, after she failed to stop a leadership challenge going to a second ballot, to tell her the game was up.

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