Opinion Letters

Wednesday 24 January 2018

Real patriotism

Sir -- I think it would be worthwhile for all Irish people to note the recent conclusion to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Once the crisis had abated, the CEO of BP, Tony Hayward, stepped down. He accepted he was the man in charge when the catastrophe occurred and he was ultimately responsible. He knew that BP needed a fresh start.

Whatever future hopes the company had would rest on new faces and new ideas. I wish our country had such leaders. People look at them and say they are failures but I think they tried, they got it wrong, they admitted responsibility and stepped aside. That is the minimum a leader should be capable of, but in Ireland we are bereft of even that.

How can those still running our country not see this? That now, more than at anytime in our history, we need a fresh start and optimism. How can we possibly have these things when we are still faced with the same sneering, posturing elite who got us into this mess.

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