All political careers end in failure

That was the view of Enoch Powell and it has certainly proved the case for Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Bertie has announced that he will step down as Taoiseach and leader of Fianna Fáil on the 6th May.

Now, I believe that Bertie did a lot of work when it came to the Peace Process but let's not over egg the pudding here. On too many occasions the Irish Government, as led by Ahern, acted liked a junior party of negotiations.

Bertie has stood over the most prosperous era in Irish history yet the gap between rich and poor has widened even further under his watch. Huge sums of money were generated under the Celtic Tiger but too much of that money was squandered on waste and gross inefficiency.

The Health Service is in crisis, criminal gangs roam with free reign throughout Irish cities and Bertie has failed to advance the Republican cause.

Too many people are caught in the rat race of paying for mortgages, childcare and healthcare yet their standard or enjoyment of living has diminished.

It's all well and good for Bertie to receive platitudes from foreigners but what about the average Joe on the street.

Bertie's financial irregularities have left a blight on his character and showed him to have the same flawed pedigree as other gombeen men in Fianna Fáil.

Bertie does not resign from a position of strength; he leaves after the political death of a thousand cuts.

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