LEO THE LOVELY
"He's the man. He's the best, the most skillful, the most devious, and the most cunning of them all"
The same cannot be said of Enda Kenny. Hardly a month goes by where Kenny is not admonishing the man who would be King - Leo the Lovely. Even banished to the Angola position of Minister for Health, Leo is managing to shine brighter than Enda. One might be tempted to think that Leo is the man, the most skillful, possibly the most devious or maybe the most cunning of them all.
One would be wrong.
The writing is on the wall for Enda. Pretty much everybody knows this except, of course, for the Taoiseach himself. Even if he does defy popular public opinion and insist on limping on until 2016, his days as Taoiseach and Fine Gael party leader are numbered. The dark force that controls much of Irish main stream media has a vested interest in keeping Fine Gael in power. A voter-friendly face is essential to that vested interest. On paper Leo ticks all the necessary boxes, those boxes being 'Not Sinn Fein'.
Leo has become the 'Daaahling' of established media types. His gaffe prone history is conveniently forgotten in the scramble to counter the inexorable rise and rise of Independents and Sinn Fein. Fianna Fail doesn't offer the vested interest a viable alternative to Fine Gael. They continue to languish in purgatory, unforgiven and unforgivable to all but the most dunderheaded of voters.
The clever billions are instead betting on Leo to keep the wants and greeds of the clever billions in pole position. No matter how dismal, cynical or self-serving his performance, he is being relentlessly flogged by MSM as something he most certainly is not. This MSM fabricated version of Leo was perfectly encapsulated this week by RTE Drivetime's Health Correspondent, Sarah Burke, in her analysis of Leo's first six months as Health Minister -
I think he's fared very well. It's the first time we've had a competent Minister for Health. It's early days but he's hardly put a foot wrong. He's been really good at preempting crises. He preempted the really high numbers we saw in E.Ds (Emergency Departments). He's very good at dampening expectations. The weekend before an extremely critical HIAQ report on ambulance services, he went out on the Saturday night with the ambulances. He made that really nuanced, excellent speech in the Dail on Clare Daly's proposal in relation to abortion before the story broke of the pregnant woman who's clinically dead in the Midlands........ Critically I think Leo's done two things, he's brought political news to the point which has been really missing now and he seems to have the support of the Cabinet behind him and critically the support of the Economic Management Council and that's how he managed to achieve (prevent) any more cuts to Health and a slight increase but also he's brought clarity and direction setting out a clear stall with his top ten priorities.
That leaves only what Sarah described as Leo's 'Preempting' of crises. Had James Reilly mooched around ambulances the weekend before a damning HIQA report came out he would have been rightly crucified by MSM for creating a self-serving photo opportunity to deflect from his own personal responsibility in creating the very crisis he was 'preempting'. There is no difference between what Leo did and a politician kissing babies in public whilst cutting children's allowance in private. As for his 'preemptive' nuanced, excellent speech in relation to abortion, rarely have we seen such blatantly cynical politicking. To swallow the MSM spin, one has to put aside the fact that Leo firstly, knew that a story was going to break and secondly, that he is a key member of a political party which has historically failed (and continues to do so) to address the failings in current abortion legislation.
An issue that should have been about the rights of women was instead hijacked and spun by Leo to suit Leo's favourite subject, Leo's phantom largesse. So absurd was Leo's statement that Kenny has distanced the party by rationalizing it with a comfortable yet unbelievable illusion that Leo was speaking in a personal capacity and not as the Minister for Health as Leo claimed.
Leo, like Fine Gael, is not devious, skillful or cunning. It's not that they don't try, but the fact remains that like much of Fine Gael's time in government they have proved to be no better than Fianna Fail and they are a damn sight short of Fianna Fail's ability to fool people for any meaningful length of time.