A bang, crash, then coffee cake... Canvassing off to a sweet start in Dublin

If you can't sweet talk them, let them eat cake

Joan Burton, Aodhan O'Riordain, Clontarf, GE16, canvassing, Thunders Bakery,

Minister Aodhan O'Riordain (left) and Tánaiste Joan Burton | Image via @SeanDefoe on Twitter

It started with a bang, then a crash, then a smash - as one clumsy journalist knocked over a jar in the very first shop Joan Burton canvassed in Clontarf.

It's pure coincidence that that journalist works for Newstalk.

"The first casualty of the election" quips the Tánaiste Joan Burton - while Aodhan O'Riordain asks how much it costs, and volunteers Denis O'Brien to pay for it.

The whole canvass is a microcosm of the election at large at the moment. A pack of journalists and party members running from place to place - while members of the public wonder what's going on and give off a whiff of 'who cares'?

All smiles... | Image via @SeanDefoe on Twitter

"I just wanted a block of briquettes" says one in O'Haras Spar. Aodhan assures another woman that he will not kiss her baby on the way out. Her look says don't even think about it.

Labour want to style themselves as a left-wing balancer to Fine Gael - but the cuts they have supported in recent years suggest they are far from that.

"They want to have their cake and eat it too" quips one man as Joan heads into Thunders Bakery - a great place for a black chocolate gateau we are assured.

Aodhan gets a coffee slice and scoffs half of it before thinking of his diet and giving the rest to a kid on the street.

If you can't sweet talk them, let them eat cake.