The only thing worse than a bad loser is a bad win­ner, Kate

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT -

IT’S clear that Fine Gael Deputy Kate O’Con­nell isn’t at all en­am­oured by Rud­yard Ki­pling’s ad­vice that those two great im­posters in life, Tri­umph and Disas­ter, should be treated ex­actly the same. Ki­pling cau­tions in favour of calm com­po­sure as the norm – as op­posed to ri­otous de­pres­sion when things go wrong (which they will, many times) and unattrac­tive tri­umphal­ism when, on the odd oc­ca­sion, we hit it out of the park. Kate be­haves in vic­tory like Char­lie McCreevey did when he was flush with cash. When she has it, she spends it. And, fol­low­ing the re­sult of the abor­tion ref­er­en­dum and the Dáil’s sup­port for abor­tion leg­is­la­tion this week, Kate spent it. In one of the most in­el­e­gant com­ments ut­tered in the Dáil for some time, Deputy O’Con­nell told TDs who op­posed the abor­tion leg­is­la­tion: ‘We won. Ye lost… it must be hurt­ing.’

There’s only one thing worse than a bad loser. Yeah – a bad win­ner. It’s en­tirely un­ap­peal­ing.

Be­cause it’s a re­minder of the kind of sneer­ing, un­sym­pa­thetic, hurt­ful and dis­mis­sive dom­i­na­tion en­joyed pre­vi­ously by rightwing craw-thump­ing, re­li­gious, doc­tri­naire nut­cases.

Kate O’Con­nell should have proper re­gard and re­spect for the fact that onethird of the Ir­ish peo­ple op­pose abor­tion. They did so in good faith, know­ing that they were fac­ing over­whelm­ing de­feat. They voted in line with their con­science – the very same, no doubt, as the ma­jor­ity.

Kate’s sneer is en­tirely un­wor­thy of her.

Kate O’Con­nell TD in­el­e­gant com­ment:

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