Stephen Kinsella: Let's start debunking our national fiction and tell the real story
Published 18/12/2012 | 17:00
WHAT is it about our public discourse that invites such a uniform set of views on issues of national importance?
After the Budget, with the Irish people naturally focused on the effects €3.5bn of spending cuts and taxation increases will have on their lives, asking why we publicly tend to collapse on a single view of events might seem like a waste of time. But it isn't, because of the powerful role of narrative in our public debate and the manner in which the narrative shapes the outcome of that debate.
Let me give you an example.