Thursday 14 December 2017

Martina Devlin: Think we're angry, Enda? You've seen nothing yet

Taoiseach Enda Kenny being interviewed about the cause of Ireland's economic implosion in Davos, Switzerland
Taoiseach Enda Kenny being interviewed about the cause of Ireland's economic implosion in Davos, Switzerland

LOOK around. Many of the people in your immediate vicinity are in a state of barely suppressed rage. One spark and up it flares -- disproportionate to the offence, perhaps, but that's how fury operates.

Hostility is activated daily. The Government's manoeuvring to avoid a referendum on the fiscal compact, regardless of whether democracy is best served by one, triggers rage.

Leo Varadkar's breezy observation that he's no fan of plebiscites, on the grounds they rarely end up focusing on what they were intended to decide, triggers rage. Take that to its inevitable conclusion and you may as well push the pause button on accountability for the lifespan of any administration.

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