Let’s Get Out of This Country

It’s two weeks until Ireland goes to the polls and election candidates keep electioneering and canvassers keep canvassing. You may remember the missing apostrophe on the leaflet from Kieran O’Donnell that popped through my door last week. Perhaps I shouldn’t have been so harsh on him as it’s only his second time running for the Dáil. This week it was Michael Noonan‘s turn to come around with a familiar-looking leaflet and an identical lack of attention to punctuation. O’Donnell’s fellow Fine Gaeler is the longest-serving T.D. in the Limerick City (formerly Limerick East) constituency. He was elected back in 1981 and was a minister in two departments in the eighties: Justice and Industry & Commerce. He was also Minister for Health in the nineties and even became Fine Gael leader from February 2001 to June 2002. He is currently his party’s Finance spokesperson and may be given that portfolio in the next government. He’s come a long way from his first appointment as spokesperson for Education in 1981 and even longer from his days as a schoolteacher in the seventies. If he’s the guy in charge of next year’s Budget, let’s hope he pays a lot more attention to his sums than he does to punctuation

Yet again, I present a number of popular songs that not only use the correct form of “let’s”, but whose titles sum up my feelings about the prospect of Fine Gael being the most powerful party in the next government. Let’s Regret This in Advance is taken from songwriter Susan Werner‘s 2004 album, I Can’t Be New. O.V. Wright‘s cover of Let’s Straighten it Out appears on The Bottom Line (1978). Irving Berlin’s Let’s Face the Music & Dance was released by Nat King Cole in 1963, while Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off by Ella and Louis appeared six years earlier. It was written by George and Ira Gershwin and you can tune in tomorrow for some tunes from another successful songwriting partnership

Let’s Regret This In Advance – Susan Werner

Let’s Straighten It Out (Latimore cover) – O.V. Wright

Let’s Face The Music & Dance (Fred Astaire cover) – Nat King Cole

Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off (Astaire & Rogers cover) – Ella & Louis