Bruce Arnold

Critic of Public Affairs, writing about art, theatre, music and politics

Bizarre 'solution' to Lisbon crux that means ditching democracy

My own judgment, for what it is worth, is that both sides were evenly balanced in the realm of truth and untruth

'PAUSE for reflection' -- the new political idea, an 'escape clause' put forward by Brian Cowen, over Lisbon, and by Mary Coughlan, over the National Pay Agreement -- means nothing of the sort. Read More...

'No' vote merely a symptom of the disease within Europe

All politicians have been slow to wake up to post-Lisbon reality, and this is primarily because of their presumptive stupidity before the campaign. The change of heart has been aided by other shocks to the political system, putting wages and a wage deal and the economic slump into the forefront of all their minds.