I’ve just realised the European election results won’t come in until Sunday night/Monday, which is a pain in the EU BUM, as I’d been looking forward to Friday and watching a series of politicians squirming as they try explain away d-e-f-e-a-t. Grotesque, but no more grotesque than some of the things being said in the course of the election campaign. For a day or so I thought top marks for nose-holding holier-than-thou mouthing must go to Enda Kenny, leader of Fine Gael, who declared he had not now nor had he ever asked, nay even thought of going into coalition with Sinn Fein, even if the figures stacked up to say it’d be a good idea. Then I heard that Fianna Fail’s Dermot Ahern had said the thought of going into coalition with Sinn Fein would turn his stomach. You’re a gas man, Dermot. if you haven’t noticed that Sinn Fein has for the past…fifteen years committed itself to the political path exclusively, then I think there’s a strong case for your retiring from politics before the voters cop on that you have the political insight of a tub of Haagen-Daz. Meanwhile, Mary Harney former leader of the late Progressive Democrats (RIP) has announced she’s really disappointed that Mary Lou MacDonald of Sinn Fein wasn’t in Brussels more often. Whoops. Mary H has been in the Dail for, oh, several decades now, grand little attender, and she has, she has…right, I knew it’d come to me. She has run the south’s health service into the ground. Well done, Mary. Never mind about performance – it’s being there that counts.