The Second Arrival
Zelenskyy has spoken.
Or is it Zelensky? Or Zelenskiy? No one here seems quite sure as his name is spelled differently depending on which source of news you choose.
Anyhows, He has spoken and what’s more, has spoken directly to our Oireachtas [a sort of Irish equivalent to both houses of parliament] to a packed house of members and invited guests. The Russian Ambassador was invited but surprisingly didn’t turn up. The latter is probably wrapped up in bed to keep warm as he is complaining that the embassy has run out of heating oil and those beastly Irish tanker drivers won’t deliver any.
The news outlets are of course losing the run of themselves with this front page news. It is way up there with The Second Coming and if Jesus himself appeared in the Phoenix Park he would be passed over as irrelevant and would be firmly told to get back in the queue.
Very surprisingly, The Messiah [Z, not J] spent his speech telling us how great we are. The Irish just love being told we are great and take it to mean we are Very Special People. He got a standing ovation for that naturally. The fact that anyone who makes any speech to any country is going to tell them how great they are [and are the speaker’s favourite country] is completely overlooked in the warm glow of adulation.
Now The Speech is being analysed, dissected and postmortemed to wring out every word of praise in it. I imagine that by the end of the day I will have the entire speech memorised in both English and Ukrainian.
It’s heart-warming to be Special.
You have to give Zelensky a point – being the professional actor he is, he delivers his script with perfect intonation and apparent sincerity every time, regardless of who the random audience happens to be. The combination of script-writers and performer in perfect harmony is excellent.
Almost brings to mind those other great actor/leaders, Ronnie Reagan and Tony Blair, both of whom could deliver the exactly appropriate words with immaculate timing and apparently deep empathy. Complete tossers it’s true, but great performers nevertheless.
He is certainly a master of the speech. I couldn’t imagine any of our mob in a similar situation – they’d just stutter and splutter and sound slightly pathetic.
Send in the clowns, don’t bother, they’re here.
Z was/is a comedian, installed as a Davos/WEF puppet to do NATO’s bidding.
The one-sided media reports should not be believed about what’s happening.
Was he wearing his “I am but a humble pollie, just one of these guys (© ACL Blair) who die for me” green combat sweater?
Of course. He has no change of clothes. Don’t you know there’s a war on?
Is feidir linn!
Good Grief Ian! You’re only here a wet Monday and you’ve become a radicalised Irishman already?
Ha, ha! Obama used to make the same speech around various countries – filling the gaps as applicable.
Didn’t Zelensky (Whatever) chide the Irish a couple of weeks ago for being backward at coming forward?