Sunday 23 July 2017

'We' have to take control of our fate

Declan Doyle tells us that "we simply cannot be trusted to effect sound public administration" and "the only hope for political and economic salvation for us is in becoming part of a tightly controlled federal Europe" (Letters, December 30).

This is part of the 'we are to blame' mantra that has become the latest phase in what he calls the "excessive diagnosis" of our problems. To some extent, what Declan Doyle says is right, but mostly it is totally missing the point.

A few people were entrusted with the control of our most important and powerful institutions. These sat at the cabinet table, on the boards of management of banks, large building firms, in bishops' palaces, and so on.

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