I have no idea what he is really like, but there is a phallic streak to this profile of Colm McCarthy a mile in circumference, and I do not think too wild to propose that whoever wrote it has a fascination with castration by masculine figures. ‘Straight-shooter’=erect phallus. ‘More Edward Scissorhands than Mac the Knife’, ‘Slashing, truncating’ = consummate expert castrator. ‘Dazzling panache…gasps and yelps’= vicarious erotic enjoyment. Later, as if to certify his authentic sadistic indifference and jocular manliness, we are told that he ‘loves sport, a pint and a good joke’.
Of course, there is something of the theme of castration in the half-joking name ‘An Bord Snip Nua’. This ties in quite well with the image developed by John Ralston Saul in The Collapse of Globalism of the modern politician not as leader, but as castrato.