Even super smoothy Cameron couldn’t handle rogue Burton

SAY what you like about Enda, but at least he doesn’t dwell on the details of his honeymoon in public.

Not so his new best bud David Cameron, who has set Britain’s toes a-curling with revelations that he can remember his wedding night “minute by minute”.

Even the interviewer told the British prime minister that this was “TMI” — too much information — but on he reminisced, because, politically speaking, the polls show Cameron has a “problem with women”.

Somehow, he thinks this kind of thing is going to make them like him more, rather than make them think he’s even creepier than they evidently already do.

How different things are for Mr Kenny. The ladies, particularly of a certain age, tend to love Enda, and he has never had a problem with women, but he does now have a problem with one — Joan Burton.

Some in the Cabinet, and not just Fine Gael, fear Joan is going “rogue” and setting herself up as the leader of the internal opposition.

Either by strategy or slip-up, Ms Burton’s perfectly sensible statement that a second bailout deal could not be dismissed has put her at odds with her colleagues — especially Finance Minister Michael Noonan, who branded the idea of back-to-back bailouts “ludicrous”, so therefore must now find Ms Burton and her assertion “ludicrous”.

Shame for him then that it will likely be her who is proved right when it comes to the crunch. Even the “experts” in the Department of Finance realise paying 3% or less to the EU/IMF for extra loans from the end of next year will be a hell of a lot better that forking out the 8%-plus the markets would demand on our debts. That is, if they would even touch such a toxic brand as Ireland Inc.

But this, along with Ms Burton’s defence of the welfare budget — which will be remembered longer than her own goal of an attempted cut in benefits for the young disabled — puts her in an interesting position within Labour.

An intriguing, though still opaque, political narrative runs parallel to her outspokenness, as some on the increasingly disgruntled left wing of Labour are keen for Ms Burton to stage a leadership challenge to Eamon Gilmore in the autumn at the earliest, or 2013 at the latest.

Already demoted by Mr Gilmore once and knowing she will be 67 at the next election, they hope to persuade her it will be her last shot at greatness.

However you cut the uneasy marriage of political convenience between Joan and Mr Gilmore, it looks like it may not be heading for the happiest of endings.

Even super smoothy Cameron would probably struggle to put things back on track there.

We should be grateful though that Downing St’s Dodgy Dave didn’t go into more detail about his private life. Predecessor Tony Blair was nominated for the Literary Bad Sex awards for a particularly disturbing part of his memoirs chronicling an intimate moment with wife Cherie.

Not to be outdone in the shameless stakes, Ms Blair revealed that she conceived their youngest child Leo during an official stay at Balmoral — because she was too embarrassed to bring what she called “contraceptive equipment” to the royal residence as the Queen’s servants insisted on unpacking all bags.

Mr Blair also once boasted he could “make love at least five times a night” — definitive evidence that there is no truth in the saying, “make love, not war” then — and that the couple were also members of the “mile high club”.

Thankfully, for Enda the mile high club would just mean climbing up Croagh Patrick twice.

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