Don’t Panic

Brian Cowen says he has a plan.

It says a lot about perceptions of the current leadership that my first reaction to that headline, in today’s Irish Independent, was a shrug.

It wasn’t even that enthusiastic a shrug. More of a half completed slouch, really.

My second reaction was to ponder headline puns. Brian Cylon, anybody?

Or perhaps ‘All this has happened before, all this will happen again’, to paraphrase Alan Dukes’ comparison of the situation the taoiseach finds himself in with the ill-fated 25th Dáil led by Charles Haughey.

Levity aside, I have no idea what Biffo has in mind for his ‘plan to rescue the economy and save the country.’

But it would be nice to live in a country where there was a sense that those in charge knew what they were doing.

Even better, to learn that the taoiseach and his inner cabinet had a plan all along, and knew where we were heading.

Maybe they did, and the last few months’ missteps are simply a failure to communicate.

Sure, it’s a ret-con, but it might calm the punters’ nerves to know there was a steady hand at the tiller.

Either way, here’s to the future.

By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and podcaster, yet still finds himself underemployed.