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What national pride?

In The Screwtape Letters, CS Lewis argues that the most effective form of mind control is to get people to do what you want but make them believe that it is what they themselves want.

Enda Kenny seems to fall into this category with his “we won’t be bribed!” rhetoric.

Of course we’ll be bribed. We’re strapped for cash.

Clever Kenny knows Merkozy won’t budge on any relief for the long-suffering Irish, yet he needs to come up with a plausible reason as to why we should vote Yes anyway.

Some brilliant spin doctor must have whispered into his ear that the best approach is to appeal to our national pride and have us to declare that we won’t be bribed, we’ll vote Yes for free.

The mystery is why he should think we have any national pride left to appeal to, having been sold into bonded labour, obliged to vote repeatedly in previous “referenda” until we “got it right” and bullied with talk of lost money and jobs — none of which have since materialised, though a great deal of debt has.

Nick Folley


Co Cork


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