Yeah but wasn't the classic Haughey defence?
Whatever, I just feel that over the course of time,our native scoundrels actions will not amount to more than a footnote in some little-read history book.
I realise my point is based on "whataboutery" but I think in this case it's pertinent
I agree again but would be cautious about viewing it simply through the "them" and "us" perspective.
Its that type of worldview that actually allows for the likes of Lowry and co get re-elected. We've seen the same thing when it comes to "the Greeks" in recent times.
My view would be, as I stated previously, there are simply those who wish to manipulate and control (and do so) and the rest.
In this instance, as in all the rest, there is no "them" and "us". The only thing this serves to highlight is that, as you have pointed out, British society is no better than our own or than those of southern Europe when it comes to the manipulation of the wider mass of people by the powerful and wealthy for their own benefit.
Its that simple.
And yeah, Haughey, Lowry, Lawlor and the rest are nothing when compared to the Bush's and Blairs of this world. They just seem to rub our noses in it more often, sugesting perhaps, that they just simply arent as accomplished at what they do.