Saturday 17 March 2018

John Drennan: If it is to survive, FF must deliver a new Parnell

This State needs a new muscular rough-hewn language and politics of defiance, says John Drennan

THE epigram about politics generally being a case of plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose (the more things change, the more they remain the same) is seen as the apotheosis of political cynicism. Sometimes, though, cynicism is actually realism, and our current 'state o chassis' certainly leaves many of us wondering just how much our status has changed since we were a depressed 19th-century colony.

Last week, during his meeting with David Cameron, the Taoiseach correctly defined the extent of our regression as a nation when he talked openly about the consequences of our loss of sovereignty.

The bad news for us is that while the 'old enemy' is gone, our EU/IMF 'partners' are proving to be more than adequate replacements.

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