Wednesday 26 April 2017

John Drennan: Danger of leaving the eggheads in charge

Whatever the flaws in our political system, some calls for reform smack of dictatorship, writes John Drennan

REFORMATION MAN: Economist Dan O'Brien has called for the creation of a 'second Irish Republic'
REFORMATION MAN: Economist Dan O'Brien has called for the creation of a 'second Irish Republic'

It is always difficult when a great age of certainty collapses like a shot antelope. Less than three years ago, the governing classes were still telling us we were living in the perfect age of the end of history.

As intellectuals like Roy Foster published books such as Luck and the Irish that dealt with our economic 'miracle of loaves and fishes', we were the great cheerleaders for the new economic head shop of permanent growth.

But the economic equivalent of Chicken Licken's concerns about the sky falling in has not inspired a similar level of academic certainty.

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