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John Drennan: Why Enda must turn around the loser effect

Politicians need modest victories if they are to defeat grander enemies, writes John Drennan

Published 24/06/2012 | 05:00

Though it was entirely predictable that Charlie Flanagan's invitation to the 'shrink' Ian Robertson to give a lecture on the neurological factors behind success and failure in politics would be greeted by smirking titters, it was still depressing to realise that when it comes to psychology, the habitues of the Dail are less advanced than the average club GAA team.

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Of course, none of the invited members of our busy Cabinet had time to attend the brief lecture though Enda at least sent his apologies.

The absenteeism, though unfortunate, was not surprising for the current tyranny of economics means we have forgotten that success in politics, and, for that matter, that success in fostering that unimportant thing called a society, is as facilitated by psychology as by accountancy.

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