Saturday 18 November 2017

Simple solutions for complex problems is proving to be new political aphrodisiac

Photo: Erwin Wodicka / Depositphotos
Photo: Erwin Wodicka / Depositphotos

Gerard O'Regan

Something is afoot out there in the long grass - and we're gonna get a very good idea what it is - over the course of this weekend. What is currently happening in the undergrowth of Irish politics might be described as our very own "Donald J Trump rumble''.

This General Election count will, as is the norm, beguile us as careers are made, and reputations crumble. But whatever will be the shakedown at the end of it all, there will be no going back to the way things used to be.

The aforementioned Trump phenomenon is the harbinger of a political sea change which is taking place in Ireland, the US and Britain. In blunt terms, the disaffected, and those who perceive themselves to be disenfranchised, are increasingly attracted to messiah-type figures, who they feel will lead them to some Promised Land. The messiah must not only have simple solutions to complex problems - but more importantly will have a certain whiff of sulphur. For some voters, this is the heady mix which seems to make all things possible.

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