Maurice Hayes: Election is distracting us from what really matters
Published 18/10/2011 | 05:00
In ancient Rome it was "bread and circuses" as the means to distract the hungry plebs from hardship and high taxation.
In modern Ireland, it is a presidential election, which seems to have gone on for ever, in which a cast of entirely underwhelming candidates compete in telling the Irish people how they propose to exercise powers which they will not have, to do things which are not allowed, in a job which does not exist, except in their dreams -- and which is certainly not the one which is described in the Constitution.
In the rest of Europe, the headlines are dominated by worries of economic collapse and financial implosion, the future of the euro and crisis in the eurozone, the danger of a Greek default and the effect on French banks.