In political life there is mere politics and then on a different scale there are matters of real substance that can affect us all – unfolding events that can change the course of history, and other matters that may grab the headlines of the day but in relative terms are hardly likely to make a major impact.
The sun may be shining between the showers. It is Oxegen, and household name, Fianna Fail Senator Ned O’Sullivan, is exercised by the fact that so far his party hasn’t made a decision on selecting a presidential candidate.
In the midst of phone hacking, abusive priests and a bishop who likes hugging young men, we also have the headlines dominated by a spat about clothing. Hard to credit really, but between Mick Wallace and Mary Mitchell O’Connor you might think we were all in the pink.
They say August is a wicked month and in truth this year that old saying may prove extremely accurate, but at the end of July it strikes me there is much wickedness and madness out there.