Tuesday 26 September 2017

Machiavelli himself would be awestruck by Prince Reilly

Roisin Shortall exposed the illusion by resigning and yet the health minister still retains his power, writes Elaine Byrne

Real power is about giving others the impression of control.

Machiavelli had three steps to acquire and maintain power. Step one: "The prince must allow the people to elect politicians which are without political autonomy, so that the people have the illusion of ruling themselves."

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