Monday 22 January 2018

Gene Kerrigan: Last-ditch pitch for the politics of fear

Slowly, as the parties seek to frighten us, the voters move beyond the old politics

Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

It was the night of the general election, 2011, the polls had closed and there was a poet on RTE.

Perhaps the usual pundits were busy that night - you know the ones, the same old faces. The experts who reel off yards of useless information. Like, how many second preferences so-and-so needs if he's to be elected on the second count.

Instead of that kind of petty babble, we had poet Theo Dorgan giving a truly political assessment of what was happening. We quoted him in this column.

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