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Last 12 years has corrupted this country's coming of age

Bruce Arnold

Published 16/01/2010 | 05:00

'The Curious Mind' is a collection of sound bites out of John Quinn's career as a broadcaster over 25 years. Lavishly praised in a foreword by Tom Collins, Professor of Education at Maynooth, the book is claimed by him as "a key contributor to the rethinking process which must now begin", with the added assertion that "it is entirely appropriate and timely that this book should emerge now".

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Collins does not say how, or why, this rethink should happen, and my own judgment is that it will not happen, since the Irish people have no taste for what would be involved: Irish gullibility, stupidity, greed and selfishness will get in the way.

We are shy about rethinking ourselves and are moving in the opposite direction, sustaining much of what was wrong and ignoring, as far as possible, the changes that are necessary. Certainly the politicians who rule us are doing very little to indicate that they were mistaken or wrong.

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