And so it is that the heavyweight finance minister ascends to the throne, in yet another uncontested election, which seems to be the in thing nowadays. Or is it a return to the grand tradition left behind with Lemass, whereby FF leaders would ’emerge’ after the fashion of British Toryism?
Whatever about that, Biffo will make for an interesting contrast in style with Anorak Man. Of course he doesn’t have Bertie’s preternatural gift for the jovial hail-fellow-well-met stuff. But he’s a fairly substantial figure in his own right, and doesn’t have Bertie’s *ahem* negatives.
There will be, I imagine, some griping from Dublin trendies about a big culchie now leading the state’s hegemonic party. But then, a lot of that will come from the same people who used a different set of arguments about Bertie, and who would never vote FF in the first place.
And, with Bertie’s departure, would it be too much to hope for light at the end of the tribunals? Just a thought.