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Electoral battle: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar casts his vote in the General Election. Photo: Reuters/Phil Noble

Electoral battle: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar casts his vote in the General Election. Photo: Reuters/Phil Noble

Electoral battle: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar casts his vote in the General Election. Photo: Reuters/Phil Noble

As no obvious government presents itself and tempers fray and anxiety rises, I turn to psychoanalysis. What is it people really want? What do they fear most? How are they likely to process the anarchy of no government?

The sublime British psychoanalyst Adam Phillips argues the people, like children, need a mother and father who can govern with authority and, crucially, bear and sustain conflict.


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