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Brendan Keenan: Political revolution may be only way to save monetary union

Published 12/05/2011 | 05:00

THEY used to have a saying in the North to the effect that there were two kinds of politicians -- the mad and the sane. The difference being that the mad ones believed what they said.

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It turned out not to be easy to tell who was which. Dissident republicans are, by definition, mad. But some of the nastiest loyalist paramilitary bosses emerge as coldly sane, and pretty clever at turning a few bob. Ian Paisley was sane all along, despite appearances.

So what, then, are we to make of Europe? Almost all of the current pronouncements on the crisis from its leaders would categorise them as mad, assuming they mean what they are saying. It is therefore hard to believe that they do mean it.

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