The characters (玩世不恭) denote the word cynicism in Mandarin Chinese and it appears that the impending Seanad race will be getting that in spades with news of Hazel Chu’s snap involvement.
Thought to have slung her political hook by burning remaining bridges with the Green Party over an abortive attempt to capture the candidacy for the Dublin Bay South by-election, Chu resurrected herself just in time for another showing in the Trinity Seanad Election to fill Ivana Bacik’s parliamentary boots.
Endorsed by Rory O’Neill (Panti Bliss when he’s in his work clothes) Maia Dunphy and Lenny Abrahamson, news of Chu’s latest electoral debut merited a fair deal of chuckles in wingnut circles.
Minister for Equality Roderic O’Gorman took time out of his busy schedule flogging public housing to Albanian asylum seekers and standing beside odious figures at Pride Parades to help sign Chu’s nomination papers.
Ostensibly running with the blessing of Green Party seniors, Chu behind the scenes has been an almighty headwreck to the Ryan leadership due to her vapid self promotion and conditional loyalty to the party. The business of Hazel Chu is to, well, promote Hazel Chu with even the most progressive of Greens jaded at her opportunism.
Launching her campaign with the self flattery and grace we’ve come to expect from the 41 year former corporate HR woman, Chu enters a race already littered with left leaning candidates. Mouthing the standard slogans about diversity and climate change, little doubt exists that the primary purpose of this campaign is a further fleshing out of the Chu Linkedin page, with victory nigh impossible this time around at least.
So far down the rabbit hole we have gone, Chu is not the only diverse candidate in the race with Nigerian hopeful Ade Oluborode making her ethnic background her primary selling point to voters.
A culture warrior if ever there was one, it is hard to imagine a greater insult to this country (or China for that matter) than her presence in the race. In the entire history of our State never has there existed a political character as grasping, hollow and self centred as Chu.
A Trinity based publication for our sins, The Burkean staff will be running our own internal deadpool for when and how Madam Chu engineers any controversies relating to racism, real or imagined.
From her apparent harassment by far right thugs (actually running into an apolitical tour group at Mansion House) to her potential defaming of a Carlow School Teachers last year, there is no controversy Chu does not fear waddling into.
The Seanad chamber has an unusual genesis, originally a concession to Anglo-Irish elites and for a brief time a potential forum for the formation of a corporatist state in the 1930s it now exists as a talking shop for political failures and woke acolytes.
While her Irishness is questionable, her Han inspired spin on our own indigenous culture of political chancerism is to be marvelled at as much as condemned.
Be sure that Trinner alumni know which box not to mark come election time.