Thursday 14 December 2017

Bruce Arnold: The simplistic message of fear that if we don't say Yes we won't have access to ESM won referendum

Bruce Arnold

The lion's share of credit for the referendum result goes to Enda Kenny and Fine Gael, on which he has placed a discipline unknown, I think, under any previous leader.

In general terms he knows what he wants. He does not articulate the purpose behind his objectives at all well. He does not debate well and wisely avoids that avenue by which most Irish politicians chart the direction they are taking.

Those who do debate are not great either -- Brian Cowen was an inelegant bully, Bertie Ahern was inarticulate. Others, going back over the past 20 years, were not much better. John Bruton, whose fine mind and forceful approach represented one of the big political losses to the country, was an exception.

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