Arrogance speak ' blissfully aware'Howlin is most remembered for the zeal and passion he displayed imposing swinging austerity on the very people who voted for him and he was supposed to protect.
I've heard him speak a few times in the past 5 years and it's always the same speech - how he had no choice, how we were all blissfully unaware of the perils he alone protected us from the "ravages" of the free markets.
He's never admitted to making a mistake, to being wrong - the narrative is always that we didn't appreciate how hard he worked for us.
He has become a joke among his own party and the electorate, but he clung on to his last position of imagined power because like Napoleon in exile he wanted to refight the old battles in his head and refight the 2011 GE campaign.
Add to that his massive lack of judgement as leader - Bacik as Director of Elections???? - a lady who can't get herself elected? WTF?
'youse have no idea' etc.
All of this were spoken in arrogance and in very condescending manner.
That's brendan Howlin for you. True to form that he never admitted his mistake. It sounded bit like a dictator.