We face choice between banana republic or properly run democracy
Sir Robert Peel said there was no appetite for the truth in Ireland. Decades, even centuries, have rolled by since he made that remark. Do the sad facts of the 19th Century remain the same in the 21st?
Our reaction to the latest flood of sensations – amounting, in total, in its details and its implications, to one of the worst scandals in our history – will tell a tale.
As in every such case, we have a choice. We can relapse into our banana republic mode of thought. Or we can regard it as a glorious opportunity to clean up our stumbling administration and society and turn ourselves into a decent, properly run democracy.