A question for all of us November 25, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Reading Michael McDowell in the SBP this weekend who could disagree with his assessment of the EU or indeed the Trump. He notes that neither Merkel, nor the EU, nor Trump are our ‘leaders’. And he argues that ‘we owe this new administration 9in the US) no loyalty at all. if it seeks our pragmatic cooperation, that is one thing, but Bannon and Trump can expect no feelings of loyalty from liberal people – at home and abroad. Why? Because they have denigrated the values that we – for the most part – hold dear in order to secure election’. And while I think he could use the word progressive rather than liberal his point isn’t too far the mark. He notes that Trump essentially descended into anti-Muslim sectarianism in his rhetoric, and may be heading there in actuality.
Still, while all that is laudable, as is his lash at Justin Barrett’s latest effort to find relevance for his 1950s redux programme, note this old song being whistled again. He argues that Barrett’s…
….initiative is doomed even if it manages to find a salubrious hotel for its launch which will accept the res of a pitched battle in its lobby between raging members of Youth Defence and the frenzied ranks of Trots and anarchists.
We do need a new component in our politics if the people are to be rescued from the utter paralysis and futility which pervades Leinster House these days. But it cannot be Trumpism in a leprechaun suit.
Jack O’Connor and the public sector unions sense weakness and drift in the corridors of power. The malign effects of a mniroty government were clearly spelt out by me in these columns five months ago. I claim no special knack of clairvoyance. What is now happening was predictable.
A government in office but not in power attract disastrous outcomes.
Surely I’m not alone in thinking that yet another ‘new’ component is just about the last thing we need?