Friday 9 December 2016

Letters to the Editor: Revolution, and soon

Published 29/06/2014 | 02:30

Dail, Leinster House, Dublin, Ireland
Dail, Leinster House, Dublin, Ireland

Madam - The place to start the new politics is here - at home, so to speak.

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Having been involved for more decades than I care to remember in the mundane nitty-gritty of 'real politics' I look with horror at any suggestion that we should start to try to build a 'new' political movement from scratch. One of the lessons of the so-called 'Arab Springs', is that quick-fix, emotion-driven 'cardboard revolutions' almost always end in disaster.

But if our political elite does not provide the equivalent of the 'Velvet Revolutions' which freed much (but not all) of Eastern Europe, we are going to have to provide our own. Soon.

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