June 5, 2012

Irish 'Yes' an Expression of Grim Fatalism

Fintan O'Toole, Irish Times

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Here we see the deep strangeness of contemporary Irish politics. In a normal world, if people don't believe the Government, they vote against it. But in the topsy-turvy world we currently inhabit, people voted for the Government line precisely because they don't believe the Government. If people did believe what Michael Noonan had told us - that a second bailout is a ludicrous and inconceivable notion - the main argument for a Yes vote would have collapsed.

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TAGGED: Eurozone, Ireland


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