Saturday 18 November 2017

Brendan Keenan: Gerry's confusion is most illuminating

Acting unilaterally, as advocated by Sinn Fein, is no longer an option for a small state in the crisis-hit eurozone

GERRY Adams may have done the State some service. The thoughtless comments from his party about leaving the EU and IMF, and his own inability to explain what this might mean, had the surprising consequence of clarifying the debate in a way that all kinds of expert commentary has not.

Experts often know too much to be able to make themselves clear. Even when they can get their message across, it is often to disagree with another expert -- certainly where the economy is concerned. So people get more confused, not less, and more depressed.

Despite the understandable confusion, the reaction to the Sinn Fein/Adams difficulties suggests that people understand more than they might even give themselves credit for.

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