Archive for January, 2011

Alcoholic households and the Irish body politic

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Anyone unfortunate enough to know what it is like to live with an alcoholic might see a parallel between coping with the insanity of addiction and the dysfunctional Irish political system. In an alcoholic household, the alcoholic is often the last person to admit there is a problem. He or she engages in grandiose thinking. They fail to listen. They act unreasonably. Their behaviour affects the entire household. They fool themselves. They bully. They are unaccountable. They are remarkably self-forgiving. While I am explicitly not stating nor suggesting nor implying that any member of Government is an alcoholic, the parallels are striking. The family is thrown into dysfunction and nobody knows from day to day what will happen next. The only predictable thing is that nothing can be predicted. Eventually, something like sanity is restored when healthy (non-addicted) family members say ‘Enough is enough. We’re not taking this anymore.’  They detach from the alcoholic and sanity can be restored.

Greens should pull the plug on discredited Government today

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

The Greens will almost certainly be decimated in the next election but they could at least go with a tinge of integrity by pulling the plug today on this discredited Government. What other regime in the world would tolerate the multiple resignations of Cabinet members weeks before a General Election and their cynical replacement? What the country needs is a new Government, not a cynical window-dressing exercise by Fianna Fail. For every day the Greens extends the life of this government, they will face another decade in electoral oblivion. The Irish electorate has a long memory, despite what Harney once said, as the routing of a previous Labour  coalition records. Will being in Government stop the Greens from doing the conscientious thing?  They promised us an election by the end of January. Will they, instead, facilitate this cynical ploy by Cowen? He’s running rings around you, Greens. Be adults. Enough is enough. Resign today so ye can live with yourselves.

Mary Hanafin’s GUBU reasoning

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

‘Unmitigated horseshit’ is the politest term that came to my mind upon hearing Mary Hanafin’s so-called reasoning for not saying before the Fianna Fail parliamentary party vote last night which way she was voting. To hear her say on the RTE News at One just now that she didn’t want to ‘influence’ her parliamentary colleagues is staggering in its abject dearth of leadership. Leadership, dear Mary, is all about influencing others. And her Jesuitical thinking that she can remain in Cabinet although she has no confidence in Brian Cowen as Leader of Fianna Fail but she has confidence in him as Taoiseach is potty, illogical, spineless shite. Let’s call it what it is, Mary. Thank goodness we now know of this bizarre instance of the labyrinthine tangles of her thinking because, Jaysus boys, now we know that not only was the so-called dream ticket of Micheal Martin and Mary Hanafin a mirage but hopefully Hanafin will be back at the chalkface come September and good riddance to her. And as for the honourable Micheal Martin, now you know you won’t be laboured with a ‘friend’ in Mary Hanafin in the next Dail or whenever, if ever, you, Micheal Martin, become Leader of Fianna Fail or Taoiseach.

Cowen and Fianna Fail in Denial

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

We deserve the leaders we get. If Fianna Fail vote confidence in Brian Cowen tonight, its opponents will be delighted and FiannaFail will not deserve to survive. Period. Listening to Cowen, the subtext to his every utterance is ‘denial’. How anyone with an ounce of sense could believe that Cowen is the best man for the job beggars belief. And he tells Morning Ireland on RTE Radio 1 just now that the way he handled the IMF bailout was grand. Even though his stooges Ministers Dermot Ahern and Noel Dempsey were haplessly televised together shaking their head denying the IMF were about to move in one week before the IMF bailout. Well might Dempsey and Ahern grab their pensions and run. Neither would be re-elected. But if FF vote Cowen back in tonight, voting confidence in their ‘leader’ who has led Ireland to such ignominy and distress (denied by Cowen, of course), then FF deserves to go the way of tyrannosaurus rex. Voting for Cowen tonight is nothing other than lemmings sauntering over cliffs and turkeys voting for Christmas. If they do so, they cannot blame Cowen for their demise but themselves. Will De Valera turn in his grave if Sinn Fein leads the Opposition in the next Dail ahead of the rump of FF?

Is Cowen about to resign at last?

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Few people will lament the resignation of Brian Cowen as Taoiseach/Irish prime minister if, as the rumour mill has it, he is about to resign. How can a man who presided over the IMF bailout, and who has dragged Fianna Fail to its lowest level in the opinion polls, have any doubt but that the sooner we see the back of him the better? Could he be so self-deluded as to believe that Ireland is better with him as leader than without him? Truth comes dripping slow…