I was in a fight: a man died
// January 31st, 2008 // Uncategorized
The Late Alderman Micheal Kelly of Limerick had a form of words to deal with questions about his criminal past in particular one incident he was involved in. They were “I was in a fight, a man died”.
They were words of such pure ambiguity that only a natural born politician could have arrived at them. There was no admission, just the merest hint that his involvement in the fight had caused the man’s death. I’m quite sure that the most natural born politician of his generation currently holding the office of Taoiseach will allow some version of them to grace his lips in coming days, perhaps “I received money, a decision was made.” Certainly, there will be no admission of anything so base as bribery.
Certainly the phrase would want to be better than this. “It is not correct. If I said so I wasn’t correct. I can’t recall if I did say it, but if I did not say, or if I did say it, I didn’t mean to say it — that these issues could not be dealt with until the end of the Mahon Tribunal.” Bertie Ahern in a statement to the Dail Jan 30th 2008