Sunday 21 January 2018

We're crying out for new leaders

THE poet Burns famously wanted the gods to give us the ability to see ourselves as others do. Unfortunately, this is not a characteristic of Irish political life, but the time is fast arriving where we need to see ourselves as others do and, more importantly still, to act upon it.

There was little evidence of any such intent last week. The petty spat between Sean O'Driscoll of Glen Dimplex and Siptu over a five-year wage freeze was part of the old language of conflict between entrenched interest groups that will get us precisely nowhere.

Meanwhile, the craven sense of relief over the apparent acceptance by the bond markets of the Government's latest Anglo Irish plan was even more dispiriting.

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