Thursday 8 December 2016

Political lunacy reigns in Brussels while we see glimmers of sanity

By revisiting the Croke Park deal and boosting competitiveness in the economy, we can endure a double dip, writes Marc Coleman

Published 14/08/2011 | 05:00

HE MAY have been pitching for votes, but that doesn't mean he was wrong. In fact, when Gay Byrne said last Wednesday that mad decisions were being taken in Brussels, he was spot on. The trouble is, the madness isn't confined to there but is alive and kicking in Washington and London as well.

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For instance, few things added to the general air of political lunacy last week more than the sight of Eton-educated London mayor Boris Johnson wondering whether to return from Tuscany to deal with the second great fire of London before appearing with a brush in his hand.

But in economic as distinct from geographic terms, the madness closest to home was what was happening in Brussels. Or, to be more accurate, what wasn't happening.

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