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FF/FG merger a dangerous idea

Sam Smyth's advocacy of a merger of Fianna Fail and Fine Gael based on what he calls "high-minded principles" is a dangerous proposition (Irish Independent, January 31).

It would prolong the period in which those who are already there far too long were in the most powerful positions in government.

We already see that hubris and feelings of untouchability, which were engendered by being in power for long periods, have led to state bankruptcy.

The basic principle, high-minded or otherwise, is that this is a democracy. That gives us the opportunity to change the government as often as we want.

We, therefore, do not want any form of permanent dictatorship. This is what we would be in danger of getting with a merger of FF and FG.

A Leavy
Sutton, Dublin 13

Irish Independent