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Nigel Farage. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA

Nigel Farage. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA

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Nigel Farage. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA

Over the last few years we smugly laughed when Britain went through all kinds of contortions in government as it wrestled with the Brexit problem and we took pride in our own stable government.

Now it seems the shoe is on the other foot. While it is very early days yet, the odds in the bookies of another election this year are 5/2.

As Nigel Farage said to the European Parliament before he departed, who’s laughing now?

Tommy Roddy

Salthill, Co Galway

Shinner voters should be forgiven their election sin

FOR those who are struggling may I suggest a great way of coming to terms with the election result: hate the sin, not the Shinner.

Brian Ahern

Clonsilla, Dublin 15

Careers are on the block once political dance is over

SO THE dance of the seven veils has commenced. Unlike Herod, I cannot see myself being enchanted by the cavort.

I must, however, admit to more than a little voyeuristic anticipation as to whose head, indeed heads, will be on the plate by the end of the process.

Michael Gannon

St Thomas’ Square, Co Kilkenny

Media fails to understand and spot cause of upheaval

PADRAIC NEARY writes in the context of the election (‘Moment of revolt at the ballot box is our Trump or Brexit’, Letters, Irish Independent, February 11) with regard to the media as follows: “The shell-shocked media is like headless chicken who doesn’t know what happened or what to do or where to go.”

He charges that the media failed miserably in their duty to look at the real underlying causes of the economic upheaval.

I suspect many people will agree with this analysis. I certainly do. The media needs to take note and learn.

Brian Mc Devitt

Glenties, Co Donegal

Rotating Taoiseach will thrive in a world of spin

I heard some people talking about the possibility of a rotating Taoiseach and I thought: “Wouldn’t he, or she, get dizzy?”

But a friend of mine said: “Nah, these people are well used to spin.”

Brendan Casserly

Bishopstown, Co Cork

Here’s a short story worth telling again and again

I REGULARLY read with interest your ‘Weekend’ magazine section, where readers are invited to attempt to write a complete story in six words. I believe I have outdone Hemingway and written a complete story in four words: “Shane Ross. Good riddance.”

Do I get a prize?

Conal Finnerty

Tourmakeady, Co Mayo

Churchgoers aren’t ‘children’ who need ‘father’s’ guidance

RAY DONOVAN, a parish priest from Limerick, is a breath of fresh air judging by his comments on the demise of the structures of the Catholic Church (‘The engine is still running but the wheels are going nowhere’, Irish Independent, February 11).

He identifies the growth and consolidation of clericalism, as Pope Francis constantly reiterates, as a man-made structure which has fostered injustices in the Church such as the exclusion of women from ministry.

He states priests have been taught to consider themselves as the “special ones” while the priesthood of the non-ordained is disregarded.

This hierarchical gap is reinforced by the practice of priests being called “fathers” while lay-people are identified as their “children” – both descriptions totally unacceptable in the 21st century as these titles reinforce inequality.

A first step to dismantle clericalism which creates a barrier between priests and people would be to eliminate the practice of calling priests “fathers” and to address them by the names they received, like the rest of us, at baptism.

This alone would not dismantle clericalism but would help to create a sense of equality and mutual respect between priests and the non-ordained people of God.

Brendan Butler

Malahide, Co Dublin

Groucho has the answer for guaranteeing a cheap date

VALENTINE’S day always reminds me of a quip from Groucho Marx: “Send two dozen roses to Room 424 and put ‘Emily, I love you’ on the back of the bill.”

Tom Gilsenan

Beaumont, Dublin 9

Irish Independent