Vincent Browne raises his old bete noir (subs needed): why does no major Irish media outlet not support “a radical restructuring of Irish society to achieve a far greater level of equality than exists”? But is it true that the fourth estate always leads the political agenda? Aside from a tiny Sinn Fein rump of TDs, in the Republic there is no political mainstream party that is credibly pushing the line that Vincent outlines.
So my point is not that opinions other than the one which holds that a radical restructuring of Irish society is essential are unsustainable or are morally objectionable. I am merely noting that none of the mainstream media will reflect that position. They all converge around the prevailing “common sense” – that aside from some marginal imperfections, the structure of society is fine.
And the media-led agenda will reflect that “common sense”. The debate will be about who best can manage this “basically okay” society and what marginal reforms are necessary to correct the imperfections. The view that there is something inherently wrong with the structure won’t get an airing, aside from the obligatory genuflections towards “balance” which will allow the occasional representation of that viewpoint before the main debate resumes.
And that media-led consensual agenda will result in either the re-election of the present Government or the election of a government that, policy-wise, is inherently no different.