Published 10/02/2012 | 05:00
• If a picture might paint a thousand words, the recent picture of our Taoiseach being patted on the head by Nicolas Sarkozy speaks volumes, at least in respect of how we stand in Europe.
Apparently the days of proud statesmen like Lemass and De Valera are no more. This is perhaps the saddest reality of all, for arguably the greatest need in Ireland at the moment is one of leadership.
Whatever one might say of their policies, the statesmen of our past would be unlikely to be depicted in a manner that would cause either a mammy or a people to cringe with embarrassment.