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An Occasional Guide to Irish Politics: The Presumptive Fine Gaeler.

Posted by Jason O on Jan 28, 2011 in Election 2011, Irish Politics, Not quite serious.

He'll put manners on those Fianna Fail riff-raff.

He'll put manners on those Fianna Fail riff-raff.

He’s already started referring to his boss, the deputy, as “the minister-elect”, and sneers at Fianna Fail parliamentary assistants. One TD’s secretary, 35 years his senior, has been told that she “had better buck up her ideas”.  Already he has plotted out a path which involves him taking a seat in the 2014 local elections, and a Taoiseach’s nomination to the Seanad when the coalition is “obviously” re-elected in 2016 (assuming this abolition thing is just for the proles) , or “Phase Two” as he calls it. Eyes roll at his over familiarity with people he’s never met before in One Pico, which isn’t helped when he hints that he’s “not a person you want to make an enemy of.”
In Doheny’s, on his fourth Martini, he boorishly jabs a finger at a Labour PA and tells her that her “crowd want to watch their mouth, as we’re only bringing you in to make up the numbers.”
On election day, his deputy loses his seat to the Labour candidate, the PA he jabbed in Doheny’s. In the toilets at the RDS, he starts crying big chunky snots onto the sleeve of his Marks and Sparks suit at the thought of working in his Dad’s Mace again.


Be honest: We’d be mortified if the Brits saw who we vote for.

Posted by Jason O on Jan 28, 2011 in Election 2011, Irish Politics

Before we wrecked the economy, there was a brief golden moment of ten years where we didn’t give a f**k what the Brits thought about us. But that was an anomaly, and now we’re back to twitching over our shoulders every time the word “Ireland” is mentioned on British telly.

With that in mind, the idea that Adam Boulton wants to host a party leaders debate (And possibly show it in the UK) during the election makes an ice cold claw wrap around my heart.  Aside from the fact that the most famous person on it (to Brits) will be Gerry Adams, just think of the chamber of horrors that’ll emerge. I’m not talking about Joe Higgins, who should be allowed participate if only because at least he can make a grown-up point, and will be left wing to a point no longer actually seen on British telly anymore. In fact, it may actually win him more votes in the UK than Ireland. I can even be happy that Gilmore and Martin will be solid. I’m not even worried about the fact that the debate will set back the case for Proportional Representation by years in the UK, because a British audience will struggle to understand who is who and what they stand for (Especially as we don’t know either, and we live here). I can even look forward to Boulton not holding back with a bunch of politicians he doesn’t need to kow-tow to.

No, you all know what I’m afraid of. This debate will be about who leads our nation out of its greatest crisis ever, and the Brits will see to whom we are most likely to turn. I don’t have to say anything else. 

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