Saturday 18 November 2017

Martina Devlin: Rich man, poor man -- we should ignore size of No vote at our peril

Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

Voting for austerity is not an alluring prospect when voters are already neck-deep in it. When they see at the coalface how austerity isn't working. And when they realise that however much hardship they endure, the debt is unlikely to be reduced to zero in their lifetimes.

That's the reason two in five voters said No to Europe. Before going to the polls, they felt jaundiced, marginalised, estranged. And now the referendum has been passed, the disconnect will be even more pronounced.

Even if you voted to ratify the treaty, it is not hard to appreciate their perspective. We are being governed from Brussels, Frankfurt and Washington -- not from Dublin.

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