Wednesday 7 December 2016

Hiding means a hiding for Kenny as No side has its say

Published 06/10/2013 | 05:00

"I feel an insupportable reluctance in giving my hand to destroy an established institution of government, upon a theory, however plausible it might be." – Edmund Burke.

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Irish democracy has given a Burkean answer to Enda Kenny's campaign to abolish the Seanad. A venerable institution, set up to give Protestants and other minorities a voice, will not now vanish because of a vanity project. But the political implications of the result run much deeper.

Apart from the abolition issue, the No vote reflects growing public concern about the Government's massive majority and its increasing manipulation of the media to mask its two-tier approach to the Budget. As Disraeli said of Victorian England, we are now "two nations".

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