Opinion Analysis

Monday 18 December 2017

Election dishes up a banquet for connoisseurs of irony

The icing on the cake is Gerry Adams styling himself the 'People's Champion,' writes John-Paul McCarthy

IN a time of crying contradictions in Irish life, several stand out more aggressively than others. The party that used to cling like little children to de Valera's 1937 constitution now proposes the most radical change in that document's history, one contemplating a formal separation of executive from the legislature.

The party of Cluskey, Corish and Spring -- usually reliable when it comes to nationalist reveries -- has bet the house on winning the election on the back of paranoid rhetoric that would have shamed Sean McEntee at the height of the tussle about land annuities in the Thirties.

Somewhere in their hearts they must know what Henry Adams (and Vanity Fair) knew, that in the end we must obey, and that the helpless show only their helplessness when they temper obedience with mockery.

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