Saturday 19 August 2017

Two centrist parties keep us from pit of barbarity

AS the waters of recession recede, we see the comforting steeples of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail emerging once again in Meath East. The integrity of their quarrel is one of the few Irish institutions that insulates us against fanaticism and fascism (adapted from Winston Churchill).

Naturally, those who never lived in the shadow of gunmen have no time for two centrist parties. That's because they have no feeling for the fragility of civil society. That fragility is one of two lessons I learned from a lifetime pondering politics. The other is that while the wicked and wealthy bury their crimes, sooner or later the bodies will surface.

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