“Fianna Fail needs to stop playing stupid patriot games”

For my money, the Irish Independent’s editorial somewhat scales up the current German influence within the EU for effect, but it warns Fianna Fail it is currently playing the wrong game in calling for a referendum:

It is a measure of how the European dream has soured that having joined with the clear intent of severing our provincial ties with Britain we are now little more than a part of Greater Germany. But, unless we want to return to the repressive sterility of Mr de Valera’s ‘frugal comfort’, Ireland’s future is irredeemably connected to the EU. The blunt truth is that only Europe has the capacity to resolve the banking debacle or an unemployment crisis that is creating fertile soil for fascism.

We are becoming far too fond of a Fifties-style language of elegiac, self-indulgent despair. Germany may be engaged in a vast historical error similar to the fearful embrace of protectionism in the Thirties. But times change, and when they do, a country that, economically, has always been a cork bobbing on an ocean would be better off in than out.

If that end is to be met, Fianna Fail needs to stop playing stupid patriot games. The Coalition, meanwhile, should leave religion alone and heed better the gnomic advice of Patrick Honohan about the virtues of putting our own fiscal house in order.

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