Tuesday 6 December 2016

Bruce Arnold: Impotent bank inquiry is product of a castrated Dail

Published 23/01/2010 | 05:00

When I expressed to a friend my fears for the country and its future, under present political leadership recently, I received a blunt, almost a brutal response. I give it unvarnished.

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My fears, he said, were correct, and circumstances were far worse than even I saw them. He then gave a variation on a theme that will be familiar to readers, not just of this column, but of much commentary on the dire state of Irish politics, as is perhaps emphasised in the latest opinion polls.

"We have no political, tactical or strategic leadership worthy of the name," is what this friend said. "Our present political rulers, who recently scrambled their way to power by buying off the fools running the Green Party into accepting complicity in what they do, are simply doing everything that such failing, corrupt and fearful political groups do.

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