David McWilliams: Time for us to sit tight and watch EU partners squirm
Have you ever heard the expression "marry me now, the love will come later"? In the old days when a couple was forced together by the matchmaker, this gradual process of emotional osmosis was supposed to happen as time and loneliness took their course.
Often it didn't and, as a result, Ireland was a country of silent homes, filled with psychological terror, violence and sadness.
Watching the depressing 'Ballroom of Romance' on TV the other night, I couldn't help thinking of the dilemmas facing the architects of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). The crisis facing the euro is one of a loveless marriage where the marriage itself has amplified differences that were evident from the start.