Brendan Keenan: Real surprise is Europe enjoyed so much trust from citizens for so long
'ILL Fares the Land', that elegant lament for the post-war, regulated welfare state, is on its bestseller list in one of the main Dublin bookshops. If so, it is an interesting sign of the times.
The book was written by the British historian Tony Judt and published just after his untimely death last year. In today's conditions, though, 2010 can seem like history.
In the book Dr Judt analyses the concept of "trust" -- the willingness to share, and even make sacrifices, for people we do not know on which any successful human community must be built, and a welfare state most of all.