Monday 5 December 2016

Compromise is a noble pursuit

Published 24/04/2016 | 02:30

Party leaders Enda Kenny and Micheal Martin Photo: RollingNews.ie
Party leaders Enda Kenny and Micheal Martin Photo: RollingNews.ie

If politics is the art of the possible, then compromise is the artistry of democracy. In talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail towards the facilitation of the formation of a new government, the participants have made repeated reference to the need for compromise - comments more directed towards their supporters and citizens in general than to each other.

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As a rule of thumb, political compromise is possible and suitable in most, if not all, circumstances and, it follows, impossible in some others. In the circumstances which pertain in this country, compromise is to be more than argued for, but to be commended as a prerequisite to the formation and practice of good government.

It has been stated that the problem with any political decision, and especially with compromise, is that those who compromise cannot entirely foresee its consequences and yet will have to live with the decision. So be it.

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