At first I thought there was something wrong with my TV.
When watching Dáil proceedings, a low humming could be heard.
I switched TV, but the problem didn’t go away.
I alerted the people at the Dáil, but their technicians were baffled by it. Then we copped on.
The humming wasn’t because of some technical fault.
It was actually Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams purring on the opposition benches, as the parties all around him scrambled to rearrange the deckchairs on our rapidly-sinking country.
Contrary to popular belief, it now appears that the big winner in the last election was Gerry, not Enda, and the big loser was Eamon Gilmore and not Mícheál Martin.
Martin was always destined to be cleaned out, but it was Gilmore who promised us “Labour’s way or Frankfurt’s way”, before promptly giving us Frankfurt’s way almost before the final count was over. “Gilmore for Taoiseach” indeed.
The strutting confidence of Kenny and Noonan has all but disappeared, as Michael meekly declared today that he “hopes” that promise to cut the Irish bailout interest rate will be honoured.
A marked difference from their promise in the now-legendary – and quickly forgotten – five point plan. “Fine Gael will take on the big vested interests that have contributed to the current crisis – the bankers, the bondholders, the developers and the unions”.
They all remain untouched, much as they would have had Martin somehow miraculously won. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
And so to Gerry, purring over Sinn Féin’s policies which were proved right, simply because by not being in power, he cannot be proved wrong.
It has turned out more or less as he predicted- we’ve swapped one for the other. The policies are no different.
The only real triumph in the face of this lack of creative thought by our government alternatives has been the writings of David McWilliams.
His ability to recast and rephrase the same or similar arguments and solutions has been remarkable, yet no matter what innovative ideas he comes up with, it seems that those in power will not listen to them, just because of where they come from.
It’s like turning down the cure for cancer because it was discovered by Jack the Ripper.
And this is essentially the choice that Irish people will face in the next election when it comes to Adams.
Will they be able to look beyond the skeletons in the Sinn Féin closet and effect real change, or will Adams and the party be condemned to continued atonement for the sins of the past for the foreseeable future?