Wednesday, June 03, 2009

The wind that shakes the Bertie

Some things you can't make up. Serious leftwing film-making meets Irish stroke politics, with a critical role for the infatuation of members of the Irish elite for Manchester United. How Bertie Ahern hijacked the Irish premiere of the Ken Loach film starring Eric Cantona to generate a photo-op for his brudder Maurice.

Upon reflection, this comment of Bertie's spokesman is revealing --

“Under no circumstances did we try to hijack the film. Bertie is a great fan of Ken Loach, especially of The Wind that Shakes the Barley .”

It may that Bertie's claim to be a socialist arises from his belief that he's a socialist because he's an Irish nationalist. He doesn't focus on who became the ruling elite after the British left.

UPDATE: The stunt failed. Ahern even lost his council seat.

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