Tuesday 24 January 2017

Yes, all politics is local, but we neglect external factors at our peril

Published 19/11/2015 | 02:30

David Cameron and Enda Kenny
David Cameron and Enda Kenny

'All politics is local."

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This quote, attributed to many different people, is used a lot in Ireland. Expect to hear it trotted out frequently in the months ahead as the General Election approaches.

At best, it is only partly correct; at worst, it panders to parochialism and breeds complacency.

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