Monday 5 December 2016

Tolerance has its limits so let's cut out the posturing and form a government

Tim Pat Coogan

Published 11/03/2016 | 02:30

In their desperation, the people have not clutched merely at straws, they have clutched at Fianna Fáil. One thinks of the cartoon showing Micheál Martin in hypnotist mode telling his audience: 'When you wake up you will remember nothing'. Photo: Gareth Chaney
In their desperation, the people have not clutched merely at straws, they have clutched at Fianna Fáil. One thinks of the cartoon showing Micheál Martin in hypnotist mode telling his audience: 'When you wake up you will remember nothing'. Photo: Gareth Chaney

The hard-won Parliament that ultimately emerged from the flames of the GPO presents a sorry spectacle these days. The lip service that has been paid to the idealism of 1916 is being drowned by the sound of the slurping noises from the snouts buried in the trough of patronage.

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It's quite clear to anyone looking at the results of the election from a historical perspective that the people have delivered a massive vote of no confidence in the way our democracy is run.

The huge number of Independents, the devastation of Labour and the decline of Fine Gael indicate a dangerous outburst of that old condition of colonial times: "If there is a government, I'm agin' it."

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