Tuesday 6 December 2016

Brendan Keenan: There is a lot to be said for giving this plan a try

Published 29/11/2010 | 05:00

'THE Buck Stops Here," said the sign on President Harry Truman's desk. It is how it should be in an efficient democracy. The president/prime minister listens to all the arguments, weighs all the competing interests, and makes a decision.

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Europe cannot do that. Its evolving structures mean there is nowhere for the buck to stop. The consequence is that processes finish with compromise, not decision.

The plans announced for Ireland last night would probably not have been drawn up by any single individual, or any single organisation, for that matter.

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