JULY

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - LOOKING BACK -

There was a touch of Celtic ab­sur­dism, too, in the award given to the fans of the Repub­lic and North­ern Ire­land by the mayor of Paris for their mad­cap an­tics all over France dur­ing the Eu­ros. While the English and the Rus­sian hooli­gans were go­ing at it like dogs in the old port of Mar­seilles, the Ir­ish were per­form­ing acts of os­ten­ta­tious kind­ness, such as chang­ing a tyre, ‘ser­e­nad­ing’ a young woman, col­lect­ing rub­bish, and sing­ing to the po­lice. Whether they liked it or not.

There is good and bad choles­terol, now Paddy was show­ing that such was his mas­tery of the con­cept af­ter years of trial and er­ror, he had found that there is also good and bad ee­jitry. And this ap­par­ently was the good stuff, though in terms of any mean­ing­ful con­tests tak­ing place at the tour­na­ment, we would be go­ing home early.

The Eu­ros event with the most last­ing im­pact was prob­a­bly the ‘re­tir­ing’ of John Giles from the RTE panel, a sin­gu­larly abysmal ex­ec­u­tive de­ci­sion which must raise se­ri­ous is­sues of age-ism. You can’t do sex­ism or racism, and in the­ory you’re not sup­posed to do age-ism, but seem­ingly RTE felt free to do it any­way in re­la­tion to one of the great Ir­ish­men of our time.

The only other pos­si­bil­ity is that they thought that some­one else could do the job bet­ter, and at that point it starts to get a bit scary. Or maybe . . . maybe there was no rea­son at all.

Af­ter their own out­break of bad de­ci­sion-mak­ing, the Brits tried to do some­thing vaguely sen­si­ble by short­cir­cuit­ing the con­test for the Tory lead­er­ship and giv­ing the prize to Theresa May, the only po­ten­tial leader who had the good for­tune not to be An­drea Lead­som, or Michael Gove, or Boris John­son.

And David Cameron wan­dered off, his coun­try ru­ined, to be re­mem­bered in one thou­sand years’ time as the man who some­how gave the keys of the king­dom to Nigel Farage.

Cheers, Dave.

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