Somewhere in The Pope’s Children, David McWilliams argues that the Republic’s government relinguished a large part of its control over its economic destiny when it signed up to the EMS at its inception in 1979 (one of several clues to the book’s title). As a result the status of politicians has been degrading ever since: the game is increasingly elsewhere. Paul Evans goes further and argues that in Britain newspapers have lost their capacity to inform because they are too focused on lobby reporting rather than in telling us what is actually going on.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty