Saturday 24 February 2018

All hail to The Great One

Madam – Thank you Gene Kerrigan for reminding me that The Great One was in fact alive and well. It took a budget that would put a first world nation to shame to flush him out, but Gene's article recalled some of his words for us... most of which trailed away when The Great One went off script.

I treasure The Great One's words. "You look like a man who could do with a day's work" – uttered to a citizen in Athlone who dared question his Eminence – will always have place of pride in my heart. I think of other Great Ones from my past. Men like the various Kims, Sungs, Jungs of Korea, Leonid Brezhnev of the beautifully titled CCCP, or Mr Mao from China before it discovered the free market.

My younger years were speckled with rumour and innuendo about those fine men. It revolved around whether they were actually dead or alive. Imagine my delight when Leonid would appear on the rostrum as half the military of Russia steamrolled by on their return from Czechoslovakia or some other eastern European country.

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