Wednesday 18 July 2018

Jody Corcoran: Beware the backlash in 'smug' abortion debate

There is a common thread between Trump's speech, abortion and the shambolic roll-out of broadband, writes Jody Corcoran

Response: Joseph Kennedy. Photo: Reuters
Response: Joseph Kennedy. Photo: Reuters
Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

There may seem little to connect the political events of last week, but when you look closer at the State of the Union address in the US, the abortion debate here and the discussion around the future of rural Ireland, as represented by the shambles that is broadband roll-out, there is a common issue that has still not been settled, a divide that is, if anything, growing to a more dangerous level.

Generally speaking, that common issue relates to the future and past, what should be embraced and discarded and whether competing factions created by social discord can ever again rally, as before, to a widely unifying cause or political way forward.

More so than President Trump's address, people here, I imagine, were interested in the Democrats' official response delivered by the scion of the Kennedy dynasty, Joseph Kennedy III, grandson of Bobby and grandnephew of John and Ted.

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