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Who would have thought the far right could do so much damage?

Declan Lynch


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Cartoon by Jim Cogan

Cartoon by Jim Cogan

Cartoon by Jim Cogan

There are times when you'd miss the old liberal elitists all the same. When Obama spoke to his people last week, I recalled watching his inauguration with my then 10-year-old daughter, thinking this would be something she'd remember in times to come - an obviously good thing, a happy day for the human race, you might assume.

But you'd be assuming a lot there, you'd be forgetting that for some people, this was an obviously bad thing, an unhappy day, a bitter defeat for them and a victory for the "liberal elites".

We did not know the depth of that unhappiness at the time, but we know now that leaders of the far right were seeing great opportunities in such "progressive" developments.