Hibernia lies in tatters as Britain simply gets on with its recovery
The British can have an adult debate about public sector cuts while we can't even get our sums right, says John-Paul McCarthy
Speaking at the height of the American rebellion against Britain in the 1770s, one Irish commentator tried to hitch his wagon to the resurgent star in the west and said "we are in watercolour what they are in fresco".
This image is much better deployed as a description of the Anglo-Irish relationship, especially in the current economic climate.
While facile comparisons obscure more than they illuminate, it is hard not to think of poor, tattered Hibernia when observing the roar and dazzle of contemporary British politics.