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Alison O'Connor: No matter how bad it gets, we can't afford to tune out

Published 23/10/2010 | 05:00

CUT back or stimulate? Economy or society? 2014 or 2016? ESRI or EU? Economists or politicians? Stay or emigrate? Calculator or rosary beads?

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So many choices, so little time, all of them stark. None of them are remotely palatable, all are complicated, all have a domino effect. All come with a cripplingly high price to be paid -- and that's in a scenario where we get it right. If we get it wrong we won't find our way out of this hell for decades.

The problem is we appear to have no way of knowing who is right and who is wrong. Even those 'in the know' seem to be flying somewhat blind, and you suspect that some of those who are presenting their theses with any degree of certainty (bar a few notable exceptions) may have an element of spoofery going on.

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