Running down the clock may be Theresa Mays’s policy but extending the clock, and running it down at the same time for the Irish Government, is the deliberate strategy of Fianna Fáil. For they well know, from recent experience, that the longer the present Government stays in power, the more likely they will become a risk to the economy or get the blame for a downturn, post-Brexit, etc.
Eamon Dunphy’s much-loved and acclaimed football book Only A Game? has been reprinted on its 40th anniversary. Four decades on, Eamon accepts he has been wrong about nearly everything since, but there’s still a special place in his heart for the good pro.
Alastair Campbell, the spin doctor for former British prime minister Tony Blair, has said he will always defend “vilified” former taoiseach Bertie Ahern because of the chances he took to establish peace in the North.