Susan O’Keeffe: ‘Beware of boring politics, real challenges remain within our own system’

As Boris Johnson jets back to the UK, Ireland should not feel superior simply because our own challenges are not quite on a scale with the public meltdown playing out across the water, writes Susan O’Keeffe

Boris Johnson is willing to sacrifice his Caribbean holiday and return to the Commons’ mayhem to assess his own chances.

Whoever thought that boring would be an attractive asset in the political life of a country. But there comes a time for everything and, as we watch our nearest neighbours lurch from lettuce to laughs and back to instability and chaos, we begin to grasp why, for them, boring would be beautiful.

Not that the Conservative Party’s descent into darkness has been a sudden one. Rather it’s more akin to an odd-shaped rolling ball, gathering ...