Friday 23 February 2018

Who's in charge here anyway?


Michael (right) and Danny Healy-Rae in the Dáil. Photo: PA
Michael (right) and Danny Healy-Rae in the Dáil. Photo: PA
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

We all love a bit of a parliamentary barney, especially when it happens in other countries. It makes us feel all smug and civilised and first-worldy and sophisticated.

When we see footage of people roaring at each other in some South American so-called parliament, we have a good laugh and nod sagely, 'Those crazy South Americans. They don't have a long and distinguished history of parliamentary democracy like us'.

Or maybe we see a bit of parliamentary fisticuffs in Italy or somewhere down that region. And we think, 'Ah, the Mediterraneans, too passionate, lack the cool heads and self-control we northern Europeans have'.

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