John Waters Wins Eejit of the Year 2007
John Waters was voted Eejit of the Year at our Christmas lunch yesterday, with a very strong 26% of the votes, narrowly beating former twice-winner Hector who polled a creditable 24%. There were two other shock results. Liam O Maonlai came third with 12%, solely on the strength of his Irish phrases CD. And Father Brian D’Arcy, who was only added to the ballot paper at the last minute, polled 10% to knock last year’s winner, Eddie Hobbs, into fifth place with 8%, just narrowly ahead of David McWilliams at 5%.
These results give rise to three lessons for eejits and eejit-watchers alike in 2008.
- The Rise of the Intellectual Eejit
- The Importance of Year-Round Eejitry
- The Power of Traditional Eejitry
Here are the key points of those lessons: >>>
The Rise of the Intellectual Eejit
This year saw the strongest showing yet for intellectual eejitry, with Waters (26%) and David McWilliams (5%) taking almost one third of the votes between them. Indeed, during the pre-vote hustings, some traditionalists controversially argued that Waters may be too serious to even be an eejit. This was countered by the triviality of his appearance on the Late Late Show Celebrities on Ice Special.
His victory may mark a battle among eejit-watchers in 2008 between the traditionalists (who, in fairness, accepted Waters’ victory with good grace) and the modernisers, whose strongest argument was a pragmatic one: despite Waters’ undoubted intellectual gravitas, if it walks like an eejit, and quacks like an eejit, it may well be an eejit.
The Importance of Year-Round Eejitry
One of the keys to Waters’ victory was his consistent eejitry throughout the year. He had a strong start with the Eurovision Song Contest, followed by a steady stream of strange articles peaking with his ‘I am crying, writing this’ eulogy for Katy French (who he had met once), and his eejitry climaxed in December with his Late Late Show 7 Up Celebrity on Ice appearance.
Contrast this with last year’s winner Eddie Hobbs, who had a very strong first half to 2007, including being photographed as a schoolboy, a money medic and a pensive guru while promoting a financial horoscope, until he seemed to pull back from eejitry when trying to get people to give him millions of euro for Brendan Investments. See the following posts for examples:
- Eddie Hobbs Hosts a Masterclass of Eejitry
- Eddie Hobbs Falters with Poor Show of Eejitry
- Warning: Eddie Hobbs Might ‘Loose’ Your Money
The Power of Traditional Eejitry
Hector is an icon of eejitry, to the extent that – like Elvis, or Pele – he no longer needs a surname. His eejitry may have peaked during 2004 and 2005, when he won Eejit of the Year twice in succession, but even in relatively fallow years he came second in 2006 to Eddie Hobbs and this year to John Waters.
Indeed Hector (24%) and Hobbs (8%) alone, who have between them won the last three titles, polled almost one-third of the votes between them this year. Add in the surprisingly strong showing of latecomer Father Brian D’Arcy (10%), and traditional-style eejits have about the same vote (42%) as Fianna Fail traditionally get in opinion polls.
Congratulations to John Waters
I will end by congratulating our new champion, and wishing him well in 2008.