Monday 24 July 2017

Why Garret the Good probably wouldn't have got elected down the country

A former Taoiseach argued this week that country voters are too tolerant of low standards in politics, writes Kim Bielenberg. But is there really an urban-rural divide?

As an exercise in hand-wringing, it could hardly have been matched. The former Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald this week launched a scathing attack on rural political attitudes.

Like ardent Dublin 4 missionaries seeking to convert the heathen voters out in the Styx, Garret and the "great and the good'' of Irish public life assembled in Donegal for the MacGill Summer School to talk about the urgent need for political reform.

Dr Fitzgerald highlighted what he perceived to be a deep division between Dublin and its rural hinterland.

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