Brian Cowen got a bit hot under the collar today when he was accused of protecting people in Anglo Irish Bank and committing "Economic Treason." Normally you might think any leader of a country accused of this would get angry, but this is Brian Cowen we're speaking about. A man famous for his lack of anger. A man who's reaction to having two unsolicited paintings of him, naked and taking a shit, appearing illegally in the National Gallery was little more than "ah sure, tis' grand". And when he and his mother were infamously insulted when Ian Paisley remarked "the reason his lips are so big is because his mother used to stick them to the floor", his response was a simple shrug of the shoulders and an utterance "ah sure, people say things ya know."
So why did he get so upset today? Over a statement that was more for theatrics than anything else. Is the pressure finally getting to him? Is this his attempt at finally showing some leadership? Or did the question hit a nerve? A nerve leading to something rotten?
[Caricature by Niall O'Loughlin : Paintings by Conor Casby]