Enda’s been working the south of the island on the Lisbon treaty. Miriam Lord’s been trying to keep up with him:
He cornered a mortified woman on her way out of a lingerie boutique. Speechless with embarrassment, she stood in front of the display of frilly knickers and bras while Enda told her earnestly why she should vote Yes. She nearly cried with relief when he left. But we couldn’t take our eyes off the notice behind Enda’s shoulder: “Body shapers are back, look a stone lighter.” Butsy materialised. “I’ve lost a stone canvassing.” Suddenly, the walkabout was cut short, for the admobile had arrived. The Fine Gael party raced back to The Mall to meet it. There couldn’t have been more excitement had Jerry Buttimer’s horse romped home in Yarmouth. In the end, the billboard was a bit of a letdown, with its serious slogan about human rights and a very big picture of Colm Burke.
And, according to Indymedia, that’s not the only part of the campaign that’s not exactly going to plan. Never underestimate the opposition’s capacity to ‘cantankerate’ Enda!
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