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My apologies for dumping this hastily concocted rant on ET.  I absolutely have to run, but thought I would put the bones of an LTE together on display for public comment - to complement the work being done by others on OP ed pieces etc.  I will attempt to edit and take on board any comments on my return tomorrow afternoon.  Please feel free to plagiarise, critique, condemn.  It really is a rush job.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Feb 5th, 2011 at 09:05:29 AM EST
You sell yourself short ;-)

It's an excellent description of the pitfalls Ireland faces and how it must avoid them.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Feb 5th, 2011 at 10:04:49 AM EST
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A succinct rant is better than an interminable rant - besides the fact that you have captured the situation quite well.

paul spencer
by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Sat Feb 5th, 2011 at 11:49:13 AM EST
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And I am thinking that a series of LTEs would be more effective -- and that time is running out.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Feb 10th, 2011 at 10:42:33 AM EST
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I don't know if the op-ed based on JakeS's diary is finalized yet, but a condensed version of the first two paragraphs would make a great intro. Perhaps:

The phrase "We are where we are" is the most annoying catch phrase of the campaign. It is used by those who argue that we must "suck it up" and carry on despite the flawed Government Bank guarantee, the unfair ECB/IMF deal, and the ruinous austerity plan.

Nothing could be further from the truth. We aren't where we think we are. By carefully following a sensible negotiation strategy, Ireland can avoid a long period of stagnation and provide both resolution to the bank debt crisis and position the country for future prosperity.

That last line could probably use some work, but you see where I'm going with it. If you like it, feel free to use without attribution. If it sucks, well, no big deal.

And the world will live as one

by Montereyan (robert at calitics dot com) on Sat Feb 5th, 2011 at 11:17:44 PM EST
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