Here's an interesting and I think novel thought advanced by a letter writer in the IT, Eugene Tannam from Firhouse:
The cost of the banking crisis coupled with the fiscal deficit clearly demonstrates the inability of the Irish politicians to govern, or at least regulate, systems that should be beneficial to the general population. I believe there is a historical reason for this failing.
Contrast two groups of countries – Canada, Australia and New Zealand on the one hand, and India, Pakistan, Ireland and the former British colonies in Africa, on the other.
The former group made its way to independence and prosperity without firing a shot, whereas the latter group has been riven with internecine fighting and civil disorder, stymying any chance of political maturity. Add to this the sense of entitlement felt by victorious parties and reasons for the lack of progress is obvious.
In Ireland, since the Civil War, two groups of people have felt intrinsically chosen and entitled to profit on the opposition’s loss of office. As a result the notion of a united Irish society is subconsciously anathema to both groups, leaving room for opportunists and gombeenmen, from within and outside their ranks, to abuse office.
If €50 billion is the price of true independence, ie, the end of the FF/FG hegemony, and gives rise to the emergence of a political system that includes “all” the people, then it may be worth it. Turning our backs on history might be the best revolution.
The Irish Times - Letters
FF and FG supporters won't like it, but is he wrong?