Friday, 5 November 2010
Will Eoghan Harris pony up?
Which while music to the ears of those who believe in parliamentary democracy will surely strike a jarring note in those attached to the head of Senator Eoghan Harris. On 8 August 2007, the good senator appeared on the ‘West Belfast Talks Back’ panel at the Feile An Phobail. There, in the presence of some 500 witnesses, he made a £100 bet with me, very kindly giving me odds of 10-1. The subject of the bet? That at the next general election, Fianna Fail would ‘mop up all the remaining Sinn Féin seats’ in the Dail.
So this morning, as the wheels of democracy finally begin to turn in Donegal, Eoghan Harris could be forgiven for hearing the sound of tumbril wheels. This by-election means the date of a general election will probably be next Spring, if not earlier. At that general election, will Fianna Fail ‘mop up the remaning Sinn Féin seats’? Eoghan Harris’s £1,000 says they will, my £100 says they won’t, and I don't expect Cardinal Brady to become the next Grand Master of the Orange Order either. Can we expect the good senator, a man renowned for his integrity, to pay up if he loses his bet? A nation waits and watches.