Thursday 24 August 2017

A state worse than default

If the Irish are, as the latest edition of the world travel guide Lonely Planet claims, "fatalistic and pessimistic to the core", one could hardly blame us.

Still, those journalists who fear extinction, if politicians ever learn from history, should at least be hopeful, for nothing epitomises the apparent determination of this administration to voluntarily strew land-mines in its path more than its plans to hold a series of referendums on issues such as the abolition of the Seanad.

The problem with such proposals is not just that in terms of political importance, the existence or otherwise of the Seanad ranks barely above the dress code of the Dail. Instead, the most deleterious consequence of such campaigns, as Garret discovered courtesy of his ill-fated 'constitutional crusade' is that chasing after constitutional chimera diverts the attention of politicians from more serious issues.

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