Saturday 17 March 2018

We need more than a pat on the head from EU

Charles de Talleyrand once said that "war is much too serious a thing to be left to military men". Having witnessed the debate that raged after Enda Kenny's remark in Davos, I wonder if Talleyrand's remark should also be applied to foreign relations and politicians.

Yes, some people went mad borrowing and certainly most politicians went mad borrowing (the current expenditure has grown in nominal terms by 138pc between 2000 and 2009, whereas the GDP has grown nominally only by 72pc), but I would be more inclined to applaud Mr Kenny's unexpected bout of honesty if he made it clear that the "mad borrowing" phrase also refers to the EU policy in general.

The worst aspect of the Taoiseach's remarks is that he weakened Ireland's negotiating position with Germany.

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