Sunday 10 December 2017

Gene Kerrigan: Being chirpy won't get us anywhere

The idea of renewing the nation is a quaint one, but unfortunately we're long past that, writes Gene Kerrigan

Maybe we should put something in the water, to calm down the bright, chirpy people. Every now and then they pop up with yet another bright, chirpy campaign. With breathless enthusiasm, they explain it all to us. The media faithfully chronicles their every move. The Government pats them on the back.

The current manifestation call themselves We The Citizens. "Tell us," they say, in adverts and in interviews, on the radio and TV and on their tastefully designed website, "what's important to you. . . express your ideas on how we can renew our country."

When some of us remind them that we're in the middle of a severe crisis, not a dinner party game, they take offence. But very politely.

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