Kathy Sheridan: Big Phil’s apologists fail to see big picture

Social solidarity will not flourish where power sticks thumbs in its people’s eyes

Former commissioner Phil Hogan: EPP think tank  Wilfried Martens Centre researcher Eoin Drea seems to think  our ignorant bloodlust blinded us. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Former commissioner Phil Hogan: EPP think tank Wilfried Martens Centre researcher Eoin Drea seems to think our ignorant bloodlust blinded us. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

On Monday, readers might have got a stinging insight into the mindset of an old family firm once regarded with some affection. Eoin Drea’s opinion piece read like one of those confidential assessments ordered up by the boss (the European People’s Party, Fine Gael’s umbrella group in Europe) about a terribly disappointing unit (Ireland) which got emailed to the entire industry by mistake.

Drea’s argument in short is that this minuscule country showed terminal stupidity in “forcing” the resignation of Phil Hogan; as in a country “literally gone kamikaze on its own economic interests”.

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