Sunday 26 February 2017

Despite our Euro vote, we have little say in 'big ticket' issues

James Downey

James Downey

Peter Sutherland was an outstanding EU Commissioner
Peter Sutherland was an outstanding EU Commissioner

Like a good citizen, I watched one of the television debates on the European parliament elections. It lasted for two hours, not counting ad breaks.

Were those hours wasted? In one sense, no. A blockbuster like that gives you a rare chance to look in some depth at the candidates and make up your mind whether you would like to elect any of them to a seat in the parliament or anywhere else.

And you will always take a liking to someone who sticks to the point, talks sense and never raises his or her voice. There are many, many reasons why we should all go out and vote next Friday, and this is one of them.

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