Opinion Analysis

Saturday 25 November 2017

David Quinn: Careless voters could make a disastrous situation worse

David Quinn

David Quinn

When you get rid of one regime, be extremely careful to replace it with something better. Egypt is about to get rid of Hosni Mubarak. They should get rid of him. But he might be replaced by something worse, namely a radical Islamist government. Do we really want Egypt to become another Iran?

We have gotten rid of Brian Cowen (who wasn't quite as bad as Mubarak, contrary to some media reports). It's right we got rid of him, but we have to be extremely careful to replace him with something better because we could replace him with something worse.

The decline of Fianna Fail is being met with considerable glee by all those who mightily -- and sometimes rightly -- resented the way it lorded it over Ireland for so long. I would hesitate to guess whether Fianna Fail or the Catholic Church has made more enemies in Irish life down the years.

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