I don’t mind admitting when I am wrong.
In fact I can remember at least two occasions in my life where I had to change my opinion on something. For example, there was the time [I think I was five at the time] when I said that Guinness didn’t taste nice. It transpired that I shouldn’t have been dipping my rusks in it, and I was quite happy to admit that I was in error.
For a long time now, I held the opinion that Déirdre de Búrca was a slag.
She invariably riled my piss whenever she opened her mouth, and I found her to be arrogant, opinionated and to be one of those politicians who will do absolutely anything to stay in power [is there any other kind of politician?]
This week though, I had to change my mind. For the first time, she cheered me up. I found myself agreeing with her, one hundred percent. I actually found myself admiring her.
My theory is that when you want to demolish someone, you do it as publicly as possible, and do it by telling the unvarnished truth. Opinion and innuendo can be ignored, but not the truth. This week, she launched a broadside salvo against Gormless and the Greens, and it was brilliantly done.
She told it exactly as it is. She told the Greens that they will do anything to stay in power no matter how far up Fianna Fails rectum they have to climb. She told them that they had sold out every principle they had. She told them that they were a bunch of power crazed, lily livered hypocrites that will do absolutely anything to hold onto their Mercs and perks.
She told Gormless himself that he was selling the party on order to keep his moment of glory in the Dail. She said he would do anything to hold onto power. She all but accused him of sleeping with Biffo.
Fair play to her.
I have been watching the fallout and it is a joy to behold. The Greens are going frantic trying to circle the wagons and have been coming up with some great lines. I swear that yesterday I even heard that little wanker Trevor Sargent claim that the Greens had recently created tens of thousands of jobs in the “Green Economy”. I don’t know what or where the “Green Economy” is, but it certainly isn’t in Ireland as our unemployment rate continues to rise.
Yesterday, another opinion poll came out. The Greens now stand at 2%. Considering that there is a 3% margin for error, it looks like my prediction of the first ever negative result is on the cards, and earlier than I predicted.
Yes. I was wrong.
Up to a few days ago, I wouldn’t.
But now I would.