Tuesday 16 January 2018

Paul Allen: Why the loudmouth, ignorant politics of the angry is distorting our political debate

Mick Wallace
Mick Wallace

The country is once again in the grip of the politics of the angry. Indeed, even as Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore declared confidence in Minister Dr James Reilly, the smell of blood is in the air as people cry for another political scalp.

It is the era of the loudmouth where the ‘politics of anger’ shouts down the ‘politics of the answer’.

But with the heat being turned up on the Minister of Health we would do well to remember in any sport it is easy to shout from the sidelines. And it is no different when it comes to the greatest, the dirtiest and most gruelling sport of them all — politics.

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