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Actually the US diaries were a bit of a bluff.  It's easier to write about stuff if you are not immersed in it, and a short diary is really hard if you know too much.  So my US Diaries are really about inviting refutation to some half formed idea so I might learn something from the dialogue.  Thanks for putting me right on a number of occasions!  I wouldn't have understood how Obama had changed the ground game if you hadn't put me onto Nate Silver.  We really have nothing like that level of mass personal engagement in politics here - which is why we are so vulnerable to a slick well financed Libertas style campaign.  

Ireland used to have an incredibly politically engaged populace.  You couldn't walk into a pub without finding (or creating) an argument about politics - good natured, of course, though tourists might have thought we were coming to blows.  The Celtic Tiger changed that and people became more interested in their personal financial success. Now we are like spoiled brats who have developed a sense of entitlement to the benefits of the EU and a booming economy...

Its time people realised that real change - like creating and developing the EU has to be fought and worked for.  And it is time Ireland made a more positive contribution.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Dec 23rd, 2008 at 07:10:11 AM EST
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