Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin has called on Fine Gael to “stop the silly attacks” on Brexit and confirmed that his party colleague, MEP Billy Kelleher, will be voting in favour of the Brexit Withdrawal agreement later this month.
European Union leaders congratulated themselves on having agreed a second Brexit deal in mid October. But their celebrations were short-lived. Just two days later, the Westminster parliament voted to force Britain’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, into seeking a Brexit extension anyway.
Leadership is one of those intangible, mercurial characteristics far harder to define than recognise. Whether for benign or dark purposes, leadership shapes our world even though that simple truth is wrapped in mystery. The magic of leadership seems a mixture of charm, energy, empathy, vision, radiated if silent testosterone and the capacity to convince others you understand and share their objectives. It is usually, but not always, necessary to have right on your side. However, in a world where charisma and leadership are often confused right and wrong are almost side issues; subjectivity usurps substance, self-interest seems a virtuous motivation.
In the old gods’ time, be they Celt or Pict, had an Irishman won the British Open at the start of the most important week in Anglo-Irish relations since the Good Friday Agreement was settled, it would have been seen as a portentous nudge that could hardly be ignored without risking heaven’s wrath.