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Punch and jury

• The whole Bertie Ahern vs Fianna Fail saga is beginning to resemble one of yesteryear's 'Punch and Judy' adventures.

The party distance themselves from the ex-leader. The ex-leader bites back with an attack on the party base.

The party ridicules the ex-leader's self-conceived prospects and so on and so on, ad infinitum.

However, 'Punch and Judy' were beloved for the humour in their performances.

While the punch-ups were enjoyable, it was ultimately the general ridiculousness of it all that brought them popularity.

What lends a comedic aspect to today's political charade is the fact that the camps involved expect to be taken seriously. In fact, the ex-leader thought he could be president and the present, some would say transitional, leader wants the Taoiseach's place.

If they want to proceed with rejuvenation of the party turning corners going forward realistically, they should really learn to abandon pettiness, even if it deprives the audience of our giggles.

On a side note, may I suggest that the hanging of Bertie's portrait be put to a referendum on election day? Last I checked, it was the people's parliament so surely it is the people's choice of who hangs there.

The extra cost pales in comparison to the principles at stake.

Killian Foley-Walsh