- May 25, 2009
Something that strikes anyone with an interest in Irish society and politics is the sheer backwardness of it compared to most other advanced capitalist countries: in terms of rampant corruption at every level of governance (from Stroke Fahy up to Bertie), the sheer incompetence of the political and business élite (our 'greatest' entrepreneurs are usually people like Denis O'Brien or Michael O'Leary who either made their money in alleged [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denis_O'Brien#Moriarty_Tribunal_investigates_mobile_phone_license"]dodgy[/URL] dealings or by absolutely slaughtering wages and conditions in a race to the bottom), the relative backwardness of society in many ways (blasphemy laws enshrined in the Bunreacht, Church and State still meshed together) and of course the underdeveloped political discourse (FF/FG being two cheeks of the same backside). Why is this? What is it about Ireland that makes it different to other countries? I have some ideas myself but I wanna see what others think before I divulge them.