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Thread: Why did Bertie annoint Biffo as his successor

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    Default Why did Bertie annoint Biffo as his successor

    It always intrigues me why Bertie anointed Biffo as his successor, with laying on of hands. What story lies behind this, was Biffo just loyal to Bertie, knew what was going on but kept mum. There was no evidence that he was a good minister, let alone a brilliant one. And was it not a gutless FF party that allowed this. A few of them like Dermot Ahern and Martin waited a while, but they all got in hehind Biffo as the only candidate with amen chorus. Some party, some courage. Or did Biffo have it all sewn up with his pint drinking colleagues on the back benches and who are now turning sour.
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    You'd think Kenny committed Treason and brought in IMF. Cowen had all in stitches in Galway at 3.30a.m.but he was "not impaired" -DD Power. FF=Publican páirtí an IMF.

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    The entire media was convinced that Cowen was an intellectual heavyweight.

    Once again, they were wrong.

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    Too Big To Fail

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    The minister for Finance is always the strongest canditate.

    I admit I didn't realise Cowen is as weak a man as he is.

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    Continuity, same route MoF to Taoiseach, Bertie needed someone to understand what he was doing and Biffo, steeped in FF'er ways, knew what was required and in his greed for power was equally complicit with the great ditherer.

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    I think it was pure vanity. He did not want his successor to outshine him so he chose someone who would make him look good.

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    I think wheels has the answer - passing the poison chalice to someone dim enough to think it was the holy grail was the final act of the most cunning and devious of them all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toughbutfair View Post
    I admit I didn't realise Cowen is as weak a man as he is.
    Really? To anyone paying attention his mediocrity was fairly obvious for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheels View Post
    I think it was pure vanity. He did not want his successor to outshine him so he chose someone who would make him look good.
    That is one of the smarter answers i have seen on this site in a long time.

    Here, Here!
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    Sounds a little to familar to me.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheels View Post
    I think it was pure vanity. He did not want his successor to outshine him so he chose someone who would make him look good.
    Well, his successor has outshone him - as a complete bloody clown.

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