I picked up this gif on Google Plus a few days ago. If you look at the detail you’ll see there’s plenty to argue about, but it seems to me that’s what makes it worth sharing. What do we consider needs to be present to consider a country to be democratic?
The first and most obvious are the settled condition under which people are happy to offer themselves for public service:
Posters are up: Best of luck to all local election candidates of whatever persuasion. The courage to step up and want to serve is admirable.
— Fionnan Sheahan (@fionnansheahan) April 23, 2014
But what else?
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