SMOKES & DAG­GERS

A mis­chievous mix of (mostly) news

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT -

EVEN Down­ing Street is no longer claim­ing Theresa May is head­ing for vic­tory in her Brexit deal vote on Tues­day – which is why they have en­tered dam­age­lim­i­ta­tion mode. In an ef­fort to man­age the per­sonal hu­mil­i­a­tion for the PM, her of­fi­cials have been painstak­ingly amend­ing any doc­u­ment which refers to ‘Theresa May’s deal’ and re­plac­ing it with ‘the Gov­ern­ment’s deal’. Suc­cess has many fa­thers, but fail­ure is an or­phan…

A CLARE man ap­ply­ing for Dan­ish cit­i­zen­ship is quite lit­er­ally a hand­shake away from his dream, the Clare Peo­ple re­ports. But Billy O’Shea, 61, is re­fus­ing the hand­shake with a Dan­ish mayor that is oblig­a­tory for new cit­i­zens on the ba­sis that it’s ‘un-Dan­ish’. He told the lo­cal news­pa­per: ‘In my opin­ion, a hand­shake, if it is to be sym­bol of mu­tual re­spect, must nec­es­sar­ily be vol­un­tary. You can­not en­force re­spect by law.’ Per­haps he could agree to a com­pro­mise fist­bump?

WHILE in Africa, the Taoiseach in­ad­ver­tently tagged the wrong Twit­ter ac­count when post­ing about his meet­ing with the CEO of Ethiopian Air­lines, link­ing not to the CEO’s ac­count but to an­other ac­count boast­ing some de­cid­edly risqué pho­tog­ra­phy. Mean­while, Ethiopian broad­caster Fana wel­comed ‘Prime Min­is­ter Leo Varad­karis’. Good work, ev­ery­one.

MIN­IS­TER Eoghan Mur­phy may re­gret post­ing a pic­ture of him­self in a blind­fold while he was test­ing a project at the BT Young Sci­en­tist ex­hi­bi­tion. Not an im­age you want in cir­cu­la­tion when you are al­ready stum­bling from cri­sis to cri­sis…

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