Leaders are experts at the art of political blandness

Bertie Ahern’s ordinariness may be his most appealing feature.

15th April, 2006

Bertie Ahern’s ordinariness may be his most appealing feature.

No great intellect, no great command of language - indeed, hardly any command of language - and he’s not much into the ‘vision thing’ (which is a relief). Yes, he has some extraordinary qualities.

Martin Mansergh said of him: ‘‘Bertie has the discipline never to say something in an argument or a confrontation that makes matters worse.”

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