Friday 9 December 2016

What use is a huge majority if you just won't use it?

Published 21/04/2013 | 05:00

LAST Wednesday, Terri Kearney of the Skibbereen Heritage Centre saw the first swallows of summer flitting up the River Ilen, presumably showing a lot of wannabe wing as they passed the properties of Jeremy Irons and Lord Puttnam. Alas, that's all the nice news I have today.

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The rest of this column consists of reality checks for Enda Kenny, Eamon Gilmore and President Michael D Higgins. But first, a final salute to the radical depicted in Martin Durkin's documentary, Margaret Thatcher, Portrait of a Revolutionary, on Channel 4. All of his insights apply to Ireland.

Durkin believes that the upper-class socialists of the British Labour Party see workers as ideological abstractions and "wants the working class living in state housing, travelling on state transport, working in state-controlled jobs, receiving a state education".

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